When the regular people’s freedoms just shrinking and shrinking in Western Europe, head for Eastern Europe where still some of the fundamental liberties and decisions are possible to achieve. Read my observation of the daily life in the East and you may be provoked.
Okay, Eastern Europe isn’t perfect in every sentence. There are big problems with corruption, poverty and environmental disrespect and a lot of other things, but let’s focus on the positive aspect and particular what people who live in Western Europe react to when they visiting different countries in Eastern Europe.
I start to mention, I don’t necessarily support some of the subjects below, but I think they add a little more freedom to daily life, that you no longer have in Western Europe. Good or bad? You decide.
Smoking in Eastern Europe
People in Eastern Europe love smoking and they smoke everywhere; in taxis, shopping malls (if you count on countries on the Balkans), restaurants etc. Even if there is a smoking ban in some countries that are members of the European Union, people don’t really care. The cab driver in Romania will probably smoke in the car while he drives you from the airport in Bucharest, and he won’t ask for your permission.
Driving in Eastern Europe
Many roads in Eastern Europe are a kind of a controlled anarchy, especially in the cities. It’s sometimes necessary because of a lack of maintained roads which otherwise would lead to huge traffic congestions. When driving in Eastern Europe, you get to use your imagination how to defeat obstacles in the traffic. In Western Europe, people just sitting for hours and wait in enormous traffic jams.
Using seat belts in Eastern Europe
Using seatbelts are mandatory by the law, but in real life, it’s just recommended. Earlier, seatbelts weren’t necessary to use inside city limits and that tradition still lives on. In modern cars, the belts are tied up behind your back to eliminate the warning sound, and in cars without warnings, for example, Dacia taxi cabs, you might not even find a seat belt. They are cut off.
No fear for violent crimes
The number of violent crimes in Western Europe has increased for several decades and are now sky high. In Eastern Europe, you don’t have to worry as long as you do not behave like an idiot.
Unprovoked violent end cruel crimes are pretty uncommon. Also, the people are less individualistic and often care for each other. If something happens to you and especially if you are a woman, you can count on that in a few moments some real men are there to help you. They will also take care of the threat against you if you haven’t done anything wrong which is civil courage. The same protection could also be enjoyed by elderly people.
What else makes the countries to feel safer, is the much lower risks for terrorist attacks.
Walk anywhere anytime
Feel free to walk anywhere you want, anytime on the day and night. If there is a shortcut through the park, use it. No one will harass a woman, and if, read what I earlier mentioned. Unlike Western Europe, there aren’t any “no-go areas”. You will see really poor and decayed areas, but the inhabitants won’t use it as an argument to rob or rape you.
Even the most feared blocks with Roma clans are less more dangerous than many suburbs in for example England, France, and Sweden.
Feel free to express your opinions
In Eastern Europe, people dare to say more regardless of the subject. Due to decades of communism and informers on workplaces, the people value the possibilities to talk freely and it’s completely normal that your buddies have different opinions. What I think is that the people in Eastern Europe don’t obey the media in the same way as inhabitants of Western Europe do. The East has for a long time practiced seeing through any possible bias in self-appointed Pravda’s.
With this I mean, you can always say whatever you think and no one will judge you if you have a different opinion, to a certain limit of course.
Eastern Europe isn’t the paradise on Earth
I hope you don’t think that I compare Eastern Europe with heaven. It isn’t and I will sort it out in another article. But sometimes it can be like fresh air when you live in a society with playground helmets, trigger-safe zones, downtowns were only bicycles are allowed, vegetables that are certified by the EU, small portions with low-calorie sauce, and so on.
Look out for an article about what I dislike most in Eastern Europe. And of course, Eastern Europe isn’t a country so differences can be big.