Sunday, 14 September 2008

Funny, only sort of not

If you want good service, then serve yourself.
-Spanish Proverb

Really funny to come across this having lived three years in Spain. I had no idea, lol. BECAUSE THEY LIVE BY THIS.

Compared to american culture, at least. Restaraunts were slooooooow. Just getting someone to take your drink order AND bring the drinks might take 20-30 mins. This was not fun when I was pregnant and hot and JUST WANTED SOME EFFING WATER OK. Same with the meal, the dessert, the check. I understand it, partly. When they eat out afterwards they tend to just sit and schmooze, they're not in a huge rush like americans seem to be. Ok.

Bag your own groceries in most stores.

And good luck in any small shop or boutique. Having a service repairmen come to your house or anything of that nature was at their leisure, and don't count on getting a call before hand to know they're coming.

Meh, I'm not really as mad as I sound. I understand it's a different culture and that's cool, I can respect that. Doesn't mean I have to enjoy it though!

Ahhhh america. My bitch list is even longer here, trust me. But at least it's far more quick and convenient for me to leave the house and buy something and inevitably be pissed off by some other idiot. LOL.


Vered - MomGrind said...

I grew up in Israel, another not-so-service-oriented culture. I am grateful to be living in the States now. Daily life here is EASIER.

Hot Belly Mama - taking it all back said...

Ahh.. I wish we did less in america so that we could get more out of life. I am trying to convince people that we should adopt 32 hour workweeks instead of 40 and so far no one is taking the bait. oh well.

Stassja said...

Vered - Easier in many ways I'm sure! Especially these days, yikes. I'd like to visit Israel someday, but I don't see it happening anytime soon for safety reasons. I have good friends living over there and I worry a bit, but they're happy and living their dream!

Stassja said...

I'd be all for a 32 hour work week! Well, you know, if I had a normal job. I think we do spend too much time doing and not enough taking in, learning, enjoying and contemplating. I'd like to do more of the things I like, and less of those I must. Well, I obviously can't cut back too much with a one year old to care for (often times the hubs gone) but you know. :)