How does one adapt to a society where people gulp down their lunch in 15 minutes, and then spend 7 hours 12 minutes a day watching TV? Where people believe it necessary to own guns, and the armed guards on the commuter train wear bulletproof vests? So racially segregated that you are told by friends and well-meaning strangers alike to walk on the "white" side of the street, rather than the "black" one, in places where white and Negro areas connect? Where it is illegal (according to the amazing "zoning laws") to open shops in residential areas, and people consequently drive for miles to buy the evening paper?
I don't know. I sure didn't.
Instead, to pass the time, I built myself a web site.
Much of the contents center around the differences between Sweden and the
United States of America, the latter represented, somewhat unfairly perhaps,
by South Florida. Therefore, now that I am happily back in Sweden, these
pages belong to the past, and have been placed in this "museum" section.
Not much will be changed, perhaps I will add some things that were planned
but left unfinished, but basically, most of these pages will not be updated
They are divided into three groups, as they were then: one group describing Sweden to foreigners, and one describing my impressions of America for anyone who cares to read it. Both these groups contain some links that can be both useful and amusing, and not of only "historical" interest. The third group is the "Culture" pages, listing films we saw and books I read during this year.
(Statistics mentioned above: Lunch: typical figure for workers, news
item, source not quoted. TV: average time per household, Nielsen Institute.)