After spending a long time abroad it’s like you suddenly see your home country for real.
1. Children playing with dildos on television
Yup, living in Slovakia I just can’t imagine small children playing with dildos on televison at 8 pm. A bunch of children are seated in front of a dildo and they try to figure out what it is. One small girl holds it against her cheek and guesses it’s for massages. I just can’t imagine this in Slovakia and am still wondering if it’s a bad thing or a good thing to see kids play with dildos. It’s probably a bad thing.
2. Belgian drivers are waaaaaay nicer than Slovak drivers
There’s no comparison. In Belgium I feel safe outside, in Slovakia I do not and it’s because of traffic. Slovak drivers are the loudest proof that people in Slovakia are, well, full of repressed aggression that only seems to show itself from the imaginary safety of a car….
3. There are no beautiful women to be seen
We have mentioned this too many times before to delve deeper into this. Totally average looking women become sex symbols around here. When you are used to Slovakia this becomes farcical.
4. Belgian food is just better
It’s also greasier and unhealthier, but fuck it, it just tastes better. And there is way more variety in restaurants.
Except the soups. Slovak soups rock.
5. Flemish magazines and Flemish television make me feel like I am a guy without a home country, without a culture that I am a part of
They are so bad. So bad… The articles are about nothing. The programmes are lame and usually just a celebration of human stupidity. Like really, Flemish televion revolves around letting dumb people or children or failed beauty queens talk… We have about 40 celebrities and they are on tv all the fucking time. At the end of the year journalists asks them what were the most important trends of the year and they answer that their cat died or that they got engaged for the seventh time.
It’s no better in Slovakia, but Slovaks look up to western countries, so you come to expect more of a western country when you spend a lot of time in the west. For no good reason. Except for kids with dildos the media offer pretty much the same shit.
Flemish culture? What is it? Greasy food and not taking anything seriously?
Am embarrased to be Flemish. Especially when I look at our music, our television, our magazines, our retarded way of speaking (everything is either ‘super’ or ‘delightful’), the fake happiness in all media shows, the lack of real cynicism in the media.
This nation must be wealthy because we stole everything in Congo.
And we have an educated population, especially the younger generiations, that somehow managed to stay entirely unaware of what is going on in the world, has no historical perspective, doesn’t care about anything except their job and hedonism and at the same time thinks it’s better and more enlightened than anyone on this planet.
Belgian people are very, very lucky, very lucky. Past generations robbed Africa blind, slaved away in factories and present day generations can eat themselves to death. You see far more obese people here than in Slovakia.
Such a wealthy country, materially, and such spiritual emptiness.
Everything in the US is “amazing” if you are a celebrity & rich. It’s the only adjective they know.
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1. Thats definitely bad, saying it as person who wants to be one day mom, as person with some morale value background and as last as adult. First of all, dildos arent toys for kids, and at 8 pm time? I know Belgian people are way more open to talk about stuff which are still tabu or “not to talk” topics in slovakia, but this seems to be too much.
2. Oh yes. I wouldnt call them nicer, but more respectful to pedestrians and bikers. They actually do consider them as part of traffic, while slovak drivers dont care. Actually was kind of funy, how I was using my survival instinct while pasing zebra in Belgium – yeah slovak habbit, you need watch almost 4d I swear in slovakia before you step into zebra. In belgium you are pretty much ok, if you just check roads, but hey, do it, cus you never know what kind of slovak driver can be behind corner. I actually hate slovak drivers, since one stupidly crashed me in november, I cant get rod of feeling they are all possible killers.
3. I actually watched them now. Level of independence of belgium women interferes too much into their acting and appearance. For me kind of too manly, lack of typical cute female sense.
4. Not really, I cant agree here. In belgium its like – full of crazy tastes or without taste. Im not comparing restaurant foods now – in slovakia i dont do restaurant eating at all. But in belgium you cant really enjoy taste of veggies, cus it simply hasnt any. Took me few days to find apples I actually wanted to bite almost instantly. If you are meat eater, you re in right country, but person like me, I have it always ridiculously hard to eat there.
5. Also hard to compare, as not dutch speaker. But in slovakia you cant really watch news or some nice programs. Im being ultra alergic on shows aka Farma or those dumbs girl shopping in Bratislava. Just hey 😦
I noticed also few minor things.
People you meet on streets in Belgium are like zombies. They walk with poker face on which I swear dont change at all. Here in slovakia its a bit different, I live in medium size village, where we all know each other, we greet each other and often when meeting outside we throw few words to each other.
While walking in Belgium same size city, I had strong feeling I want to say hello and smile, but I got told it wouldnt be best idea, it could go in totally different way as my original purpose was – being just nice and human.
Also they dont like to keep eye contact while walking. as I said zombies.
Air. Its different. When we landed in friday evening in Bratislava into that snow party it was just incredible.
I stepped out of plane and breathed fully and soo enjoyed cold fresh air with snowflakes to my face. I just couldnt get enough. Even while waiting on my brother there I chosed to stay outside on snowing and just really enjoyed.
In Belgium, I stayed inside few days, and got massive headaches and few bad moods. Even after going out for short walks, it didnt help.
Milk. Its sweet lol? All the time there, I couldnt get rid of feeling of sweet milk. Our is different, or maybe im just too sensitive on senses and tastes.
Slovaks pushing, belgians waiting. Yeah, ok, my bad, but I simply cant stand loong lines. I like fast processing in any kind of action, dislike slow work, slow moving.
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Good points. The comparison concerning food was mostly based on the difference in restaurants. It may be so that Slovak vegetables are tastier, but a common complaint made by Belgian tourists in my small circle is that there are not a lot of vegetables to be had in Slovak restaurants. Am not familiar with any home cooking other than what we ate at home in Belgium, so I can only compare restaurants. And as the post mentions, Slovak soups are sure better and those do contain vegetables. It’s just that as a Belgian I expect some kind of sauce plus more vegetables with the main dish. I feel like I can often only get some kind of side salad or some grilled vegetables which I have to order separately. Of course, if I cared more about food I could just do my own cooking and eat all the vegetables I want, but am too lazy.
PS When I was a child Belgian vegetables smelled and tasted just amazing. Many people I know notice the same trend. Something changed in our agriculture or in our imports. Tomatoes for example have lost almost all smell, whereas when I was a child tomatoes from our garden smelled very intense and were a real treat. Not sure how vegetables can lose their scent, but since there is nothing wrong with my nose something must be going on. Probably something profit driven…
Yeah I agree its way how veggies and fruits, but mostly veggies are produced. If you need to make it fast and in mass, then I would say it loses its quality in this case taste.
I always say if tomato is almost transparent while sliced or carrot wont colour your hands on orange while peeling, its not true veggie. 🙂 But thats just me, I have probably too high expectactions from that.
As I said I cant compare restaurant foods, cos I ate more in Belgium restaurants as in slovak´s ones.