|Swedish Star as Natascha Kampusch|
What a divine nation!
I cannot really tell if these stereotypes are all true just from a 3 day observation but it seems that most of them seem to apply to some of the Swedes we saw and met during our short trip to Stockholm.
Real blond hair (not those of peroxide blond as I often see in Vienna) and long legs are easy to spot on here. Yes, people dress really nicely and look elegant, at least in certain districts. Or do they look elegant no matter what they wear, rugs or suits, thanks to their well built bodies? With long legs, healthy complexions, blond hair and good looks nothing can possibly go wrong, can it? Probably so. Young people dress smartly, I hardly saw anyone with green, red or other striking colored hair as I often see in Vienna that had made our Swedish visitors wonder aloud.
|One of the good restaurants with good service|
If I was amazed by the quality of the service from the waiters/waitresses, I was even more in awe with the attitudes of their customers. While waiting for our orders that didn't seem to arrive soon in a restaurant near the main station, I saw more than ten people lining up in a queue waiting to be seated.
|Not so blond & tall after all, but still a very nice waitress|
"What are you staring at? Why are you looking so bewildered like that?" My hubby questioned me.
"Don't you see those people right there who have been waiting in line for ages? Nobody is calling for the waitress or fidgeting or trying to jump the queue! If I have to wait in line that long every time I go to a restaurant, I'll age ten years in ten minutes!"
Hubby gave me the look and said, "Ah, I see. Patience is not your virtue."
|Even the birds are very relaxed and peaceful|
It is, I think, not surprising since I have been living in the second district in Vienna where patience seems to be an alien concept to some people: I have been shoved several times while trying to get off an overcrowded underground, shouted at by several elderly people for not flying down the steps of a tram fast enough. I often overheard people screaming at each other in the supermarket because one person tried to jump the queue. It happened to me yesterday, while waiting in line in a shop, a woman suddenly came up to me and positioned herself in front of me, coolly saying, "I only buy a couple of things, may I?" What should I say and do? Noticing her belligerent look, I could only sigh. No need to quarrel over a trivial matter, right?
Sure, though I have to admit that I can be very nasty too when I am in a foul mood. Sometimes I intentionally rolled the wheels of my trolley over some passenger's toes when this impatient creature tried to push me aside while getting on the underground. "Oops, Sorry!"I would say which actually meant 'Hah! You deserved it, you scoundrel!'
In Stockholm I never got pushed nor shoved while waiting in a queue for a tram.
Passengers talk quietly to each other, nobody eats anything like pizza or Leberkäse (or maybe in their case Surströmming,
the fermented sour Baltic herring
that allegedly produces the most putrid smell in the world) in the underground, puts up their long feet on the seat, talks loud into their cellphones. I also realized, people take their time and are civilized to each other, at least when they are sober. I don't know if they still maintain their composures when they get drunk. I heard that Swedes really like making longwinded speeches when they are drunk. Here is an anecdote featuring these particular habits:
Before sentenced to death, a French, a Swede and a Norwegian prisoners are granted their last wishes. The French man asks for a 3 course meal and a cigar, the Swede wants dinner AND of course, makes a speech. Hearing the Swede's requests, the Norwegian pleads for an earlier execution before the Swede has a chance to open his mouth to have his speech!
What a story, I wonder if the speech part is true. It is hard to imagine how composed, quiet Swedes react when they binge drink, especially after having seen how the waiting costumers thanked the waitress in a very polite way for leading them to their tables!
|Self service restaurant, take your time!|
Sweden, the dream nation?
Or am I wrong?
|Beautiful Scenery from our boat hostel Af Chapman|