JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

A few other thoughts on cultural differences…

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So lately I’ve been thinking about two differences between us here in the States and in Europe.  They have to do with regular parts of our daily lives, so I thought they were worth mentioning.


Okay – so what are these two things?


Screens in windows and clothes dryers.


Perhaps we just take them for granted in the US.


First – screens.  Why oh why do they not have screens in Europe????  Bugs get in.  Especially at night if you have your light on and keep your window open.  And keeping the window open is usually necessary on hot summer nights, because much of Europe does not have air conditioning.


I mean, the occasional bug will get in even if you have a screen, but overall, you can keep your lights on at night with your windows open and not worry about bugs getting in.  Works great in the daytime too!  Moths, mosquitoes, wasps, bees, beetles, etc.  Screens do a great job of keeping these critters out of our homes in the USA.  And if you have a sturdy screen or double screen, you can be calm knowing that your indoor cat can lounge in the window all he wants without falling out or being tempted to escape and explore.


Second – clothes dryers.  They’re really rare overseas.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the same as the non-existent screen situation over there, but pretty much all clothes will get the air-dry treatment.  Pull out the drying rack and arrange your wet clothes accordingly.  I mean, I don’t terribly mind it, but certain items are just so much SOFTER when dried in the dryer.  Jeans, for example. And tees – they come out softer and without those little wrinkles from the washer.  I guess it saves energy and money to skip using the dryer, but when I’m in the USA, I’m all about the dryer!  (Except, as we women know, for the myriad of items we own that can’t go in the dryer – but that’s another topic completely.  Haha!)


So yeah, those are a few of my random thoughts for the day.  Til next time!


Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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