4 Things To Know Before You Go
So you’re traveling to Europe.
It’s your first time.
You’re excited but you don’t know what to expect.
Here are 4 things to be mindful of as take in the European culture.
We Dine Different
In general, things don’t move as quickly as they do in the states. European culture, actually, most cultures outside of America, consider dining an event or social experience. In most European restaurants, London restaurants can be an exception, it is considered rude for the waiter or waitress to bring you the “bill” (not the “check”) without you requesting it. So be mindful of this and careful not to get an attitude when the service isn’t as quick as you would like for it to be. Give yourself ample time to enjoy the dining experience.
Additionally, tipping is not necessary. Unless you are dining at an establishment that is frequented by tourist, most places will have already included the tip in the price of your meal. So you can BMF (blow money fast) in other ways. And Lawd knows money gets blown fast in Europe.
Now, if you are you experiencing exceptional service, run them folks their coin!
Bathing Be Like
Most European hotels and lodging facilities do not offer what we consider, washcloths, in the states. So if you are partial to having a washcloth for bathing, you will need to take your own. Whenever I travel to Europe, I always take with me an exfoliating bath glove. It doesn’t take up a lot of space in your luggage and it has your skin feeling nice… and supple… like a lady!
All Toiletries Matter
You’re Not In Kansas Anymore