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10 Unexpected Culture Shocks You'll Experience In Europe This Summer

Because yes, believe it or not, Europe is VERY different from the United States.

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1. Their street signs are on buildings.

I spend my first night in Madrid lost and wondering why they had no street signs. Turns out, they did. They're just not on poles.
Tari Lynda

I spend my first night in Madrid lost and wondering why they had no street signs. Turns out, they did. They're just not on poles.

2. You gotta pay to pee.

The right to pee for free is not a thing over there. So you should pee before you leave your hotel, or be prepared to pay up to a whole euro just to relieve yourself.
Pixshark

The right to pee for free is not a thing over there. So you should pee before you leave your hotel, or be prepared to pay up to a whole euro just to relieve yourself.

3. You don't get takeout boxes.

You know when you don't finish your food in a restaurant and ask for the server to pack it up? Yeah, that's not a European thing.
Via mikethebagman.com

You know when you don't finish your food in a restaurant and ask for the server to pack it up? Yeah, that's not a European thing.

4. You only pay what you see.

Unlike the United States, taxes are included in an item's sale price and you don't have to tip in restaurants. So if the menu tells you that your pasta is 10 euros.....you only pay 10 euros!(Of course then it sucks to come back home and realize that you have to factor in tax and tips in your bill again.)
Frank Chmura / Via cnbc.com

Unlike the United States, taxes are included in an item's sale price and you don't have to tip in restaurants. So if the menu tells you that your pasta is 10 euros.....you only pay 10 euros!

(Of course then it sucks to come back home and realize that you have to factor in tax and tips in your bill again.)

5. They eat very strange things over there.

Like snails. Although Americans are kind of complete prudes when it comes to cuisine, so the idea of consuming anything that isn't chicken or beef is a little foreign to us.
Via eatocracy.cnn.com

Like snails. Although Americans are kind of complete prudes when it comes to cuisine, so the idea of consuming anything that isn't chicken or beef is a little foreign to us.

6. It's completely normal to drink in the middle of the day.

Don't be too surprised as you're walking down the street where they have outdoor dining- and everyone is enjoying a nice beer or wine glass at noon.
Via survnow.com

Don't be too surprised as you're walking down the street where they have outdoor dining- and everyone is enjoying a nice beer or wine glass at noon.

7. That magnetic strip on your credit card is basically useless.

They don't slide your card in Europe! You need to make sure that your card has an EMV chip or you're not gonna be able to pay. Lucky for you, paying with an EMV chip is much safer than the magnetic strip.
Via uniontownshipmi.com

They don't slide your card in Europe! You need to make sure that your card has an EMV chip or you're not gonna be able to pay. Lucky for you, paying with an EMV chip is much safer than the magnetic strip.

8. EVERYTHING is CLOSED on Sunday.

Of course, this doesn't apply to every country. But retail shopping in France on a Sunday? Not gonna happen.
Via bbc.com

Of course, this doesn't apply to every country. But retail shopping in France on a Sunday? Not gonna happen.

9. You can walk EVERYWHERE.

And public transportation is just so beast in Europe. If you're visiting smaller towns such as Monaco, you can legitly walk the entire city by foot. No cars required!
Via retail-week.com

And public transportation is just so beast in Europe. If you're visiting smaller towns such as Monaco, you can legitly walk the entire city by foot. No cars required!

10. The sun NEVER sets!

Okay, that's an exaggeration, but you will have daylight till 10pm everyday. This must be what paradise is like.
Via wallpaperswide.com

Okay, that's an exaggeration, but you will have daylight till 10pm everyday. This must be what paradise is like.

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