2. Forget Your living environment for a minute
ve to have an open mind if you want to relate to people worldwide. Being an American I realized a lot the first time that I went to France and stayed in a 4-Star Hotel and the room was the size of two walk-in closets. There was no AC and the beds were actually smaller than a twin size bed. If you can imagine that. I can admit because of playing AAU basketball we stayed in many motels and hotels which were a lot bigger than that.
Adjusting to overseas living standards could be hard for most Americans who are use to everything being BIG. Most Europeans make jokes that “EVERYTHING IS BIG IN AMERICA”. I almost wish I could defend myself but its true. The cars in France during my first trip looked like hot rod toy cars my brother had at the time 🙂 I’m not making fun but it is a fact. I could give endless examples. Now playing on a team that provides housing which most should in your particular contract when you sign.
Depending on your contract you might have an apartment alone or shared. If you have a shared apartment your apartment will be fully furnished and most beds are at LEAST full size/queen as a minimum. In Europe, you will see most people living in an apartment as opposed to the USA where there are more people with a home in none metro areas. I personally had no problems with any of my living arrangements other than heat as I got a little cold in Spain at one time.
However that is very small potatoes if you think about it. Through my experience from all of countries I have been to, here is my summary about them. The factors here are weather, home life, city life.
1. France – Moderate Temperature, Decent Nature
2. Great Britain – Moderate Temperatures & Wet, Clean,
3. Austria – Not Enough Time but a one word summary >> Small,
4. Slovakia – Poor, Dirty, Sad (at that time 1997)
5. Czech Republic – Great Architecture
6. Finland – Mostly Cold, Beautiful Nature, Quiet
7. Sweden – Cold, Beautiful Nature, Mostly Quiet
8. Spain – Warm Climate, Many Mountain’s, LOVELY
9. Greece – Very Warm Climate, Green, Historic