Trip Start Sep 01, 2006
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and the other super important thing i learned in sweden: how to lock the bathroom door in my flat. see, when we first moved in, i thought weird, there is no lock, just a handle (handle, not knob, that is key). i accepted it (you get used to just accepting things when you are living in a foreign country) and moved on. skip ahead a month, i am in sweden, and in the public bathroom there are little signs above the door handles explaining that to lock the door, you lift the handle up (to open the door, you press down). neat! i think, and move on (anyone who has travelled will know that there is rarely a bathroom that doesn't have something new about it, how the toilet flushes, how the door locks, how you pay to get in, or something less pleasant...)
so i get home to my flat today, go into the bathroom, close the door and have an epiphany! do you think, maybe... no, it couldn't be a swedish door in finland, could it? i tentatively try pushing the handle upwards, and... it LOCKS! i was pretty damn excited ;)
i do love this level of adventure that living in another country provides though. its definitely not extreme, buying what you meant to at the grocery store, but it makes little things feel like real accomplishments and helps me to notice and appreciate subtle details that just blend together into the haze of daily life back home. i mean, when was the last time you felt proud of locking the bathroom door?