World travel is a must! We must all learn about other cultures and places and people. Seeing the world is an awe inspiring experience... but living in a foreign place is a whole other story. Europe is beautiful but it can be tricky to navigate. Every place has a drawback to live in and that's just the truth.
Redditor u/Born_Chucker wanted to know why Europe might not be the greatest place on Earth by asking.... Whats the worst part about living in Europe ?
It's cold and expensive. At least northern Europe.
It's too hot and necessarily cheap because we can't afford anything more expensive. In fact we can't afford it now, even though we still work 40+hour weeks and get paid in beans. At least in the South.
Perspectives, my man... (or my lady).
I studied abroad in Italy a few years ago, while I loved it there I thought the lifestyle was a little bit inconvenient. Stores never follow a proper schedule (they open/close whenever), (I know this is a really dumb thing to complain about) but I really missed having a dryer, it was pretty hard to find wifi in public places, I also didn't like that nothing was open late or 24 hours.
The almost religious culture of English people ruining some of the most amazing places like Ibiza is beautiful but there are clubs and English bars in every corner, I lived in Malaga for 6 years and nearly every thing is catered towards the English, not saying all the English do this but it's mostly people in their early 20s and late 30s on hen and stag parties.
Too Much Time.
Having friends from the US, With big time-Zone differences.
I'm pretty happy here, so the only thing I can think of is that netflix has much more series and movies in the US. I used vpn before they blocked it and omg US netflix is so much better.
When people in America say things cost X amount of $ i have to google how many £ that is.
But on the other hand, of you see something being sold for X amount of €, that's also what you'll end up paying. Not some completely unrelated higher amount.
Burn the darn place to the ground!
In France there's a law that forbids free refills in restaurants to prevent obesity and diabetes in people, especially kids.
In Germany - people don't stand up against assholes in public. Everybody just either nope out, or plain dumb pretend they don't see anything - which to me is often worse.
One time on the Berlin U-Bahn - I told a junky who was openly harassing a woman to run right off, and he pulled an exacto knife as a response. Never in my life I saw a train cart getting so empty so fast, the woman included.
They prefer to snitch after the fact than actually doing anything about it when it happens.
I'm finding that I find it very difficult to answer this question. I'm pretty happy living in Europe. Most of my complaints are mere minor annoyances. Maybe an inflexible bureaucracy would perhaps be my answer.
Bureaucracy wouldn't be bureaucracy without inconvenience.
US based artists are unreachable.
So much of western culture comes from the US, but aside from the most famous ones that you can't approach for entirely different reasons, you'll never meet some of your favorite comedians/writers and other types of artists as an european.
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The working hours for most shops are very inconvenient. By the time you have finished work, they are all closed. I wonder how they still keep in business.
Multiplayer servers are just groups of people who don't speak the same language.
Got a game of For Honor last night, a trend on this game is to reproduce your flag on your profile's emblem. It's not always the case sometime your emblem just represents something that don't mean anything but just look good, you really do whatever you want.
A game of "Dominion" is a 4v4.
So you ended up with an Italian, a German, a French (me) and a Belgian fighting two Scottmen, a Swiss and a Spanish guy.
Looks like the beginning of a joke I know.
Castles in the Sky...
My castle sometimes gets drafty.
It is not that bad or a flaw actually, but in western Europe I personally miss big wild areas inhabited. Population is very concentrated so wild inhabited areas are very small.
USA, Canada, South América countries, China, Russia, Central Asia, Australia have that per example.
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My language... Danish.
Danish is...weird to me as a Norwegian. Your written language are so easy to read, but for the life of me, I really have to struggle to understand when you talk. Swedes have a greater difference in written language, but are so much easier to understand verbally.
You have to pay to use a public pooper.
Yes!!! I'm from the US and have been to a few countries in Europe. That was the most inconvenient thing...worst memory of it was waiting in a 15 minute line to use the bathroom and some lady comes and takes my stall right after I paid for it. Somebody's lucky they didn't get punched that day.
Depending on exactly where you live, the bureaucracy associated with daily life can be a source of incredible frustration.
You got to have Friends!
When you get used to friendliness of Americans, Europeans as a rule strike you as standoffish.
I was brought up in Europe so I understand this is not hostility, but my American husband is always unpleasantly surprised not everybody responds enthusiastically to his "HI HOW ARE YOU!"
(Switzerland here) Every grocery store closing before I leave work for the day. That, the language barrier, relatively tame nightlife and high cost of any form of transportation all make life a little dull or frustrating from time to time.
Oh, and every time a Swiss woman hits the age of 55, they join a secret cult intent on controlling the use of every washing machine in every apartment building throughout the country so that the gainfully employed struggle and suffer to do their basic cleaning needs.
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Good clothes dryers
the absence of good Mexican Food.