We Love Animals

20 Things That Common In Europe But Americans Find Very Exotic

One of the most amazing aspects of traveling is discovering that life does not have to be the way you grew up believing it to be. You can think on and reevaluate your own customs by being exposed to various ones.

So, in order to see which European ‘learning’ had the most impact on Americans, Reddit user AppleberryJames questioned them about the biggest culture shocks they experienced on the Old Continent. Here are the answers to questions about tourist scams and hike-in eateries.


Was in Sweden a few years back when a kid in my charge broke his collarbone. Medics drove him to the hospital. Like two hours later, after X-rays, an exam, and getting set up in a fancy sling, he walked out of the hospital. Total cost: $0.


The colorful, cartoonish gravestones in north western Romania that depict how the person [passed away]


Drinking a beer and noticed that the brewery was established in 1489, 3 years before “Columbus sailed the ocean blue”


WTF in an awesome way are the stands and restaurants in Germany where you basically have to hike in. There’s no casual foot traffic and it’s not a simple drive. You are hiking and come to a beautiful view and there’s a little restaurant or stand where you can get wine or beer and wurst and fries or whatever. Then you sit and enjoy the view you hiked to while enjoying your delicious food and excellent beverage. It’s fantastic.


In Paris I saw a gang(10+) of police officers patrolling on rollerblades.. I heard them before I saw them. vrrrrrrr vrrrr vrrrrr


Not being harassed by police.

I did some dumb s**t on a scooter in Paris and instead of spending 20 minutes going through all the bull s**t and puffering cops usually do, he just wagged his french finger at me and message was recieved.

How it should be.


People that work 32 hours a week get over 30 days paid off every year no matter who they work for or more.


No gaps in the bathroom stalls. Felt like I was pooping in an exclusive club and it was nice not having to make eye contact with m**********r trying to go next.


The sheer amount of scammers in tourist areas.

Like, American tourist areas have some, but it’s no where near egregious as Europe.

Even at the Vatican it’s unbearable. Fake petitions, friendship bracelets, guys wearing vests telling gullible visitors they bought the wrong tickets. It definitely put a damper the experience.

A positive WTF moment was realizing how awesome people generally were in Paris. I can’t tell you how many times I heard the rude Parsian cliche, but every interaction I had was genuinely pleasant. What I picked up fast was that people in France in general expect some form of respect. It’s amazing how a small amount of politeness can go a long way with strangers.


I lived in Holland for five years. I could say something about the bikes or beer, but the only thing that stopped me in my tracks was a Sesame Street sign. It turns out Big Bird is *blue* in the Netherlands!

I mean I know they say he’s Pino, Big Bird’s cousin, but I’m not fooled. You know Big Bird just moved over there to seek an alternative lifestyle.


I fell in love with Sweden. But every time I go and visit, I’m still shocked at how many people just lay out and tan. On the sidewalk. Next to this Fika shop. Next to a museum.

Literally, people lay out and tan ANYWHERE and EVERYWHERE in this country.

I’d be walking through Gamla Stan or Djurgården, then BAM out of nowhere, I nearly trip over a lady trying to tan. åh! jag är väldigt ledsen!


In Spain, you have to sorta wave and call for service, especially for the final check.

They will literally leave you at a table with empty glasses for hours unless you ask. They consider it rude to intrude. and it makes Americans feel pushy to ask or wave our hand for attention. It’s pretty easy to do if you watch the locals…a little wave, a smile and a nod, etc and they come right over.
But if felt intrusive on our part at first for sure.


Studied in France and I was shocked to see the Cafés turn into bars at night.

They just switched out the menu and it went from selling hot cocoa to whiskey on the rocks!


I’m from Norway, but moved to America.

My husband and I recently came back from a vacation visiting family in Norway. During the visit we went to a supermarket where you have to put a coin (roughly 1 dollar) into the shopping cart to loosen it from the rack. When your done you reattach the cart and your coin gets returned.

I had never thought twice about it but for him it was amazing.


Not an American, but a Bulgarian.
My family had a relative from America who came back with his child who all luve has been in America.
(Somewhere in Detroit, but I am not sure where.)
When we were walking around the streets he had a look of shock on his face when he saw the papers with people pictures put on trees, bus stops, street lambs etc.
He thought they were wanted posters of criminals and was impress with how many crime we had.
I explained to him that those things are called nechrologs and are essentially posters of [passed away] people that family members put around to spread the news and pay respect to the death.
He was even more shocked after that.


The absence of obese people was shocking.


Constantly having to remember to carry around change to use the bathroom in Germany.


Robust public transit systems (relative to the major city I live in in the US).


Not really WTF, just amusement, but when I went to Prague, there were a number of chocolate shops that had large, chocolate penises prominently on display. I remember one that had melted white chocolate drizzled down from the tip.


I wouldn’t say this was a “WTF” moment so much as just a bit funny and embarrassing on my part.

I was visiting a friend in the Netherlands. I had just gotten back from a year abroad in Asia, so I was not accustomed to anyone being able to speak English.

I went to purchase a train ticket in…. Amsterdam, I think, though it may have been Utrecht. At any rate, I approached the counter and asked, “Excuse me, do you speak English?”

The bemused counter clerk laughed and said, “Of course. Do you?”

I turned beet red. It’s very silly looking back on it.

Also, same trip, but in Brussels, I asked a local store clerk where to find a particular bar I was searching for. She gave remarkably detailed directions, and listed off many other recommendations for places. I was a little bit surprised at the level of detail, and I guess she noticed that because she laughed and said, “I like to drink. A LOT”

Related posts

18 Outrageous Texts People Have Received From Their Terrible Neighbors


23 Signs That Are Creative And Funny At The Same Time

Marry Anna

30 Times People Couldn’t Resist Roasting Other People With Their ‘Power Moves’


22 Hilarious Pics That Captured Unexpected Moments In Life


Super Obvious Things People Should Have Known As Kids, But Somehow They Didn’t


Hilariously Accurate Tweets About Work That Shouldn’t Be Read At Work


20+ Pics Taken A Second Before Tragedy Struck Crazy


20 Comics By This Artist That Hilariously Sum Up The Struggles Of Parenthood


“Everyone Now Hates Her”: Petty Office Dramas That Are Unexpectedly Juicy You Won’t Want To Miss


‘Mildly Vandalised’: 40 Examples Of Funny And Harmless Vandalism (New Pics)


20 Women Who “Hit A Peak” In High School Share Photos Of Themselves For “Glow-Down” Challenge


30 Fake Posters That People Were Putting Up Around The City, And They Are Hilariously True


25 People Who Deserve A Spot In The Tattoo Hall Of Shame With Their Unimaginably Ridiculous Body Arts


Meet Madame Eyebrows, A Sweet Bulldog With Hilarious Eyebrows You Can Hardly Forget


People Online Laud This Customer Who, After Being Denied A Discount, Maliciously Follows Home Depot’s Rules And Still Receives The Discount


This Guy Exacts A Petty Revenge On His Neighbor After The Neighbor Took His Parking Spot


20 Memes With Unexpected Ending That Will Make You Laugh Hard


20 Weird And Hilarious Punishments That Will Lift Your Spirit


20 Incompetent Co-workers And Their Incredibly Dumb Mistakes, People Can’t Even


17 Hilarious Nursing Mannequins Who Are Running For Their Life


20 Of The Most Wholesome Wins From Guys Posted On This Twitter Page


20 Times Instagrammers Edit Their Photos In Ridiculous Ways

Marry Anna

15 Side-By-Side Pics Showing Reality Vs. Unrealistic Looks On Instagram

Marry Anna

15 Incredible Sculptures That Defy Gravity And Play Tricks With Your Mind


20 People Share The Exact Moment They Realized Their Boss Was Actually Just An Idiot


Laugh Your Head Off With These Hilarious Responses To The Pope Calling People Who Don’t Have Kids “Selfish”


28 Times People Messed Up So Bad With Given Instructions, Resulting In Hilarious Mishaps


Funny Examples Of People Acting Like It’s Not Their Job

Marry Anna

17 Of The Most Useless Instructions Ever That Help No One


This Dad Asked His Daughter To Pay Him Back The Money She “Owed” Him, Family Drama Ensues


21 Times People Ordered Food And Were Surprised By What They Received

Marry Anna

Cruella De Vil And 10 Interesting Fun Facts You May Never Heard Of

Margot Nolan

15 Times People Clearly Fail The Geography Class


Laugh Out Loud With Genuinely Funny Signs Of This Tex-Mex Restaurant

Marry Anna

Tech Support People Share The Craziest Things They Have Ever Encountered On Their Job

Marry Anna

Photographer Reveals What Goes On Behind The Scenes Of His Stunning Photos


Dad Of 4 Girls Posts Conversations With His Daughters, Proves Parenting Is Entertaining


22 Laugh-Out-Loud Feelings Only Pregnant Women Understand


Influencer Gets Destroyed By Hotel Owner After Demanding Free Stay In Exchange For Exposure


19 Japanese Stuff Without Context That Will Make Your Day


Rude Customer Asks For Her Donut To Be Filled ‘To The Brim,’ But Then Regrets It


Forget All The Movie Scenes, This Is What Life Really Looks Like