SILENCE

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While spending these past weeks in Europe I've noticed one major difference between cultures. Silence, and time. When you head out to dinner no one is on their phones, there are no televisions hanging on the walls, you sit around and wait for your check to come sometimes for a whole 2 hours. Everything is slow here. At first my fast paced nature was impatient, but the longer I've stayed here the more I've come to appreciate just sitting in silence. To enjoy your food with no rush for tables to be changed. To enjoy the company you keep. The other night Eric and I ventured out to dinner and sat there for 2.5 hours eating and just relaxing. We sat in silence and observed all the people around us. We looked at each other and soaked in the silence. 

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  2. Beautifully put. I'm from the UK and we mostly share the same fast paced life as in the US. Going to the continent you realise how much easier it is to eat slowly, sit quietly and just people watch.

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  3. I love the nonchalant european way. Hope you're having a brilliant time!

    Harri

    at-rubik.blogspot.com

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  4. That's exactly how it is... although waiting for a check longer than 10 minutes makes me A LOT cranky. :) We know hoe to enjoy in food, that's for sure... next time be sure to visit Croatia (especially our coast), that is truly cure for your mind and soul...

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  5. I can absolutely relate to this post! While I have never been to Europe, simply going out of one of Philippines' major cities and heading towards the other islands really takes you to a more quiet and slow place. It really makes you appreciate things more and have some genuine relaxation that you couldn't have had if you didn't leave the city :) It's a nice change every once in a while.

    Megann, Style Surgery

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  6. I can relate too! Being back from Malaysia has made me realise one thing - people there are never on their phones when they're out and about, whether it's shopping or dining out. Just soaking in each other's company. It was such a simple but sadly forgotten thing in the technology driven world, but so nice to see. You couldn't have put it better :)

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  7. I think my favorite thing (but also the thing that drive me insane) about eating out in Germany was that you have to ask for the check. Going out to eat is social there - it's not about how many tables a waiter can turn over because they don't work for tips - they are paid hourly. I love that you're encouraged (and expected) to sit around and socialize for an hour after your meal is over. I love that it's all about spending time with other people, being in the moment and enjoying it.

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  8. i absolutely agree. europe has such a beautiful culture and way of life, i miss it so much and cannot wait to go back.

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  9. Wow that is so amazing. It would be so wonderful to live a lifestyle like that instead of making everything about rushing around from one thing to the next. I wish it was that way more over here!


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    Kenzie

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  10. Wow that is so amazing. It would be so wonderful to live a lifestyle like that instead of making everything about rushing around from one thing to the next. I wish it was that way more over here!


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    Kenzie

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  11. That's really interesting. I think I would prefer the European way.

    I really, really love that peacock print, too.

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  12. That's my favorite thing about traveling to Europe - the big cities there aren't always rushing like our big cities. And I definitely love that everyone isn't attached to their phones like they are here!

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  13. that is fantastic. we get so wrapped up in being "efficient" and forget to enjoy the moment. enjoy your vaca!

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  14. That sounds absolutely lovely! I'd love to travel there someday

    xx
    MacK @ SoulMakes Blog

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  15. I completely agree! I feel like everything is always so fast past in NA but Euro we just get to relax and enjoy each minute. Oh, to be back there <3

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  16. This is so true! Everything here is so fast and loud- it can get overwhelming at times!

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  17. That is what I love most about going out to the country and small towns: no one is impatient, and instead just soaking up life and living. It's great!

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  18. this is so good to hear it! you make me be proud being from a paradise called greece.. hope you really enjoyed your trip honey :)

    xxxFiC.

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  19. i've really noticed the rush as of late. especially at meal times. i want to sit back and soak it in like you're describing.

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  20. I hope North America starts to adapt some of these ways, but I think I have to work on myself first. I know I can be impatient and need to learn how to take everything in and enjoy the moment instead of pushing for the next. Glad to hear you are enjoying your trip!

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  21. Wonderful. Ugh, I crave that.

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  22. I noticed that when I was in Europe, too, and I loved it! I wish I could apply it to my own life...

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  23. I love this. I think that is what I most need in my life at times..no rush and silence. Glad to see you are having an amazing trip.
    xoxo,
    Amanda

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  24. i totally agree. sitting and just taking time. something we all should take advantage of.

    K

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  25. Mmm that sounds like bliss! Silence would be wonderful every now & then, although I'd miss being amidst all the buzz within like two weeks, ha. :)

    Perpetually Caroline

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  26. As much as I enjoy getting things done quickly, I think we could all benefit from the experience that you are getting right now; to take time and appreciate what is around us. Silence is the only way to really soak in the good things in life <3

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  27. This is one of my favorite things about Europe. I really miss not having the waiter bring out the check before we've even finished dessert!

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  28. That's one of the first things I noticed upon moving to Europe too. It took a little getting used to at first but I've come to love it! There's a lovely café that I adore and you have to get there riiight when it opens because it fills up in 30 mins with the locals that will sit, chat, and enjoy their food for hours! It's the different customs and traditions of different countries that makes traveling so exciting!
    Tessa Lynn

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  29. Hahahaha so cute that you noticed that, yes going out to dinner is really a 'night out' here, you sit for a couple of hours to eat and chat and have a nice time.
    I definetely noticed the difference the other way around when I was in New York last year!


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  30. You are so beautiful, I love that picture. And I am definitely envious of that part of their culture.

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  31. I love this. It is such a great thing to experience and try to incorporate into your way of life. Glad you are enjoying your time. xo Heidi

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  32. When I was in Europe that was what I fell in love with!

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  33. Where were you in Europe ? I Live in Europe and that's true silence and time ;)
    Greetings from Poland, Caroline ;)

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  34. What? You mean people can have meals together without being on a phone or watching a TV??!! Sounds like a devine time!

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  35. It's good to turn off from our phones once in a while. that's what i love about vacations, everything seem to be slower and more peaceful. :)

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  36. oh, for me that´s normal. is it different in america?

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  37. Ugh I know EXACTLY what you mean!! Americans are loud... we really are. I still remember my first trip to Paris, accidentally silencing a room by opening my big mouth and saying something so much louder than everyone else... haha it's subtle, but it's there all the time. I love it. :)

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  38. I love how everything seems to move slower in Europe too. It actually gives you time to think. xx. McKenna Lou
    www.lynnandlou.com

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  39. I absolutely love this. So much. Once, I went to Starbucks, ordered a coffee, and found a seat. And observed, listened, appreciated. Quite lovely, compared to usually texting//surfing on my laptop. *sigh* Europeans always do it right ;)

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  40. That sounds so peaceful! I think our culture definitely is more of a go, go, go, kind of place! I need a relaxing vacation!

    Shannon
    http://GBOfashion.com

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  41. First of all, gorgeous picture! One of the best meals out I ever had with my guy lasted for 3 hours, we had 3 courses, wine and after dinner coffee. I loved every minute. Wish it could happen more often. Glad your are enjoying the slower pace:)

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  42. I like the way the Europeans... sometimes calm and silence are good. Glad you're enjoying.

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  43. that sounds perfect. sometimes we forget to enjoy moments like those and just enjoy the moment.

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  44. Your observation is totally accurate!! Even when we travel with our kids for long periods of time we can still settle into a new cultures slow paces. It's so relaxing and empowering!! I wonder what that says about us as Americans.....

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  45. sounds perfect and amazing... enjoy!

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  46. Beautiful post, as usual. Come check out the wedding fair I attended last weekend at the Mandarin Oriental!

    xx Olivia

    Olivia's choice

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  47. I wish our culture was more this way! I hosted a bridal shower the past weekend and practically everyone was on their phones - it was so sad to see!

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  48. Woah, you look gorgeous

    xo Dinah @ sunshine super glam

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  49. Love it! I've always heard this about Europe. My husband and I try to practice this lifestyle but it's so difficult with friends who rush around with their eyes glued to their phones. Glad you're enjoying your time there!

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  50. glad you are having fun lady~
    this is a beautiful picture btw!

    xo the egg out west.

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  51. You look beautiful!! I always find interesting how different other cultures are.

    xo
    Rachel

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  52. i love this. silence is golden.

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  53. Wow, that's something I'm definitely going to have to get used to. With kids at restaurants we want in-n-out as fast as possible!

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