5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving North

After almost 6 years of living in various northern-European countries I came to the realisation that nothing will surprise me anymore, I’ve been desensitised by the years, and even though I have really enjoyed living in the north so far, there are always a few details that will always get to me and I wish I had known before the big jump.
For that reason I decided to put together a list with the five things I wish I knew before I moved up north, so other people like you my dear readers don’t find it shocking.
Five things i wish i knew before moving north

  1. During my time in Scotland I heard a joke they tell rather often about the weather which actually applies really well to this list. Most northern-European countries only have two seasonsinstead of four. Those are, as the Scots very cleverly state, Summer and Rain, that’s all. So, forget those wardrobe changes every season, here all you’ll need is plenty of waterproof clothes and shoes.
  2. Following the weather theme, you may have noticed I didn’t mention anything of umbrellas. Well that was no mistake, I’ll tell you why. In these almost six years I’ve never seen so many broken umbrellas lying around or broken so many of them myself. Why’s that you may ask. Wind, my friend, wind. Tends to be rather windy and rains in every direction which makes umbrellas rather useless. So, remember, the raincoat is your best friend.
  3. And my last but not least point about weather and I promise I’ll go on to another something else. The weather is extremely unpredictableand changes insanely fast (once I saw, hail, rain, sun, and snow within 5 minutes of each other!) that you’ll have to always carry that raincoat we talked about before, and beware if you forget because chances are, you’ll get soaked to the bone!
  4.  As promised this fourth point has nothing to do with weather, but with the fact that mornings tend to be rather bright and the lovely northerners have no notion of window blinds. For that reason I’d suggest you invest on a good sturdy eye mask and avoid walking around your apartment naked.
  5. The last thing I found rather shocking is how aggressive they become while riding a bike (in those countries where they do, and they tend to do a lot up north despite the awful weather). Pay attention not to walk on the bike trail (if there is one) or you’ll risk being called all sort of not so nice names, and if they could a punch or two along the way.
So that was my top 5 list of things I wish I knew before I moved to north Europa. Is it the same where you live? What is the most shocking daily life thing you encountered while in another country? I’m curious to hear all about your experiences down in the comments section.



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  • Reply
    ≈ CARMEN ≈
    October 24, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Here in California we have the 2 seasons as well: just Summer & Rain. Summer 362 days a year, 3 days of rain. These were fun to read. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼ ☯

    • Reply
      Henar - Wanderwings.com
      October 24, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Hey Carmen,
      Thanks for reading and so glad you enjoyed 🙂 You guys are so lucky in California ^^ at least there’s more sun than rain! I’m so pale since I live up here, so much so that my friends back home keep on asking if i’m ok 😉
      Gotta start using some tanning lotion or something ^^
      Henar x

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