- Did you know?
Needless to say, this thing does not happen in Italy, or in any case it is rare for a passenger to greet the driver, unless he knows him, let alone thanking him when he has to get off!
What about in Japan?
It’s nice because to each its own. Each country is different.
Still talking about transport, I noticed that here all the buses stop perfectly at an even level with the pavement: the passenger who must get on does not need to step off the pavement, he does not have to make any effort whatsoever because the bus stops practically in front of him and the service is excellent and punctual.
Here in Canada, as soon as an elderly person or a person in difficulty or even a mother with a baby and a pushchair gets on a public transport, the passenger who occupies the seat closest to the entrance automatically jumps to his feet and leave the place free for these categories of people.
Although this may happen in many countries, here in Canada even if the bus is empty that seat there is freed anyway!
Another new thing for me when I first moved here was to see people queuing up to get on the bus.
It does not matter if you have been at the bus stop for half an hour and in the meantime you are sitting on the bench two meters away from the stop to wait for the bus to arrive (what happened to me).
Or perhaps you lined up standing near the bus sign…when the bus arrives, you get up from the bench, see where the queue has arrived and neatly get behind the last person, without expecting to get in front of someone who surely arrived after you but who waited standing near the stop sign, unless you belong to those protected categories that I mentioned earlier, in such case you can get on first.
When it comes to smoking, here you can not smoke less than five meters away from a public building, even if you are outdoors.
I find it a really good and civil thing to do because, even outdoors like on restaurant terraces, smoke can bother and even damage people around you.
I extensively talked about recipes and local food and the culinary habits are first habits I noticed when I first moved here.
In Canada, it is normal to eat vegetables as an appetizer and not as a side dish like in Europe.
I, for digestive problems, have been doing it for years now, but here it is a sort of culinary rule and I would say that it is a good habit!
Oh well, maybe Canadians exaggerate with the amount of grated cheese on top of the salad, but that’s another matter.
Lunch and dinner take place in a period of time that goes, for lunch, from 11:30 a.m. to about 1 p.m. and for dinner, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. which is very early for Europeans who normally eat dinner from 7:30 p.m. onwards.
This is a great habit for people who work in restaurants: the shift starts early but it also ends early.
For customers like me it is not so good because it’s hard to find good food after 8 p.m. so I normally eat at home.
I still don't understand how Canadians don't wake up in the middle of the night starving by having dinner so early, but I guess that it is a habit you get used to as a child.