[Editor’s note: Today I am excited to share a guest post with you, written by Sven von Scheidemann, Wristband #28. Sven has been a loyal reader for a long time now, and I have had the pleasure of exchanging many wonderful emails back and forth with him over the past year. His perspective is one we can all learn from and be entertained by.]
Did you hear the rumors that Germans cut their greensward with nail scissors?
Well, it’s not a rumor …
Sure, they don’t cut the whole thing with a nail scissor. Just the edges. (90 degrees had to be 90 degrees.) I’ve even seen a couple of people using a bubble level to give their hedge its last perfect touch.
As an open-minded person who visited different cities, countries, and cultures on this planet, growing up and living in this stuffy German village with 3,000 inhabitants was my personal purgatory.
Everything is organized, efficient, and clean. Everybody is hard-working and always just-in-time.
Every house, every garden, and every street is so clean and perfect that sometimes you start wondering if you are in a Disney World Resort. (Note: If you see Mickey Mouse somewhere walking around, you might have a big problem.)
And when you grow up under these special conditions, living abroad in a totally different culture can be quite a challenge.
Because no matter how much you disagree with your home country‘s philosophy — like I did — it is still part of your soul.
You grew up with special behaviors and typical habits, and there’s no way to hide it.
I decided very early on to leave my home country to look for a place where people care about life and each other, instead of showing their neighbors how accurate the garden is. Or how clean their car is.
I found that place ten years ago in the Canary Islands. [Read more…] about How Primility Helped Me Stop Worrying and Relax Into a Crazy New Culture