Have you noticed when you travel, how much fun it is to compare the country you are visiting with ours? By dint of traveling, I ended up looking at England with a lot of perspective, and I don’t know if you will agree, but I find that in England we have an annoying tendency to rest on our laurels while we glorifying our values…

As I have just returned from a wonderful trip to Japan, I wanted to share with you my experience through different trips and the lessons I have learned from it. I hope they will be as beneficial to you as they have been to me.

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Japan

japan
A “manga kissa” cabin, where you can sleep, eat, drink, read, go online, play video games …

When we go to Japan, we are seized by their sense of service to the point that the way of doing things in England seems somewhat absurd.

Take the example of supermarkets. In Japan, you give your basket to the cashier, she takes the products, scans them, and deposits them in a second basket. She then gives you some plastic bags. Then, you quietly head to the large work plans at the exit and you quietly pack your groceries.

We are far from the absurd ritual of the treadmill, where you have to manage the separators between you and the previous or even next person, hurry to put everything down, look for his loyalty card, his credit card, take out his shopping bag, then run pack your items at 200 an hour while the jaded cashier almost throws them at you (hey! Don’t fart my jar of mustard!).

Not to mention the 24 hour combination, a sort of high-tech variant of our local grocery stores, which allow you to buy anything and everything at any time, withdraw money, use the hot food and drinks, use their free wi-fi, or even their toilets which rinse the butt and dry it (of course).

Music or bird sounds to tell you that the guy is green, train and metro stations that indicate the next and previous stations, a country where people accompany you when you ask them for directions …

What Japan teaches you:

Seek to make your user experience as comfortable as possible. For a blog post or commercial text, this will make reading easy and enjoyable. Anticipate any problems your client may face and remove these potential barriers.

Always think about what could hinder comfort, curb the consumer, disrupt your sales tunnel.

To read, Gaijin Japan’s blog

india India

India is the country where “anything is possible”. In a happy shambles, India is free of problems and sells its services according to an organization that may seem totally lacking in plan and security, and that is surely true. And yet everything is rolling, always.

The most striking example is traffic. In India, priority point, signs of limitation, prohibition. Most cities don’t have sidewalks either, and some streets mix cars, rickshaws, pedestrians, goats, and dogs. We often wonder how the merchants can remain so stoic by their stalls, without trembling to see their products spilled from one minute to the next.

What India teaches you:

Trust your human nature and its adaptability. India teaches you not to worry about it for the next day. Shanti, shanti *, you always end up finding what you are looking for. Your end of the month is difficult, but you will still be able to pay your expenses. So rather than spending a crazy amount of energy on your anxiety, spend that energy on action to get what you want.

To read, Djoh’s blog in India

*Tranquil, tranquil.

New-york, United StatesUnited States

In the United States, you learn to see everything bigger. You do not want your first salary to be € 2,500 per month, you expect to earn $ 12,000. You don’t take a credit at 40, but at 20. You take a taxi, you eat dinner for $ 50 every day, steaks fly away like geese in the fall … And that’s why the States work hard.

In England, we have no idea what the competition is. The biggest challenge that the average Frenchman will face in his business will be to succeed in renewing his contract with his big client for the 8th consecutive year (and the big client does not want to get tired of looking for another provider.)

What the States teach you:

Stop the druggist accounts and spend the money it takes to build your business. The more money you spend, the more you will want to earn. Many entrepreneurs are reluctant to pay for plugins and tools essential for launching their blog, for example. Constantly looking for the free and cheapest will not prevent you from working like crazy on your project. So leave to work like crazy, as much as it is to make a profit on the expenses you have made.

To read from Mathildee’s blog

Quebec
Poutine, a delicacy.

Quebec

In Quebec, everything is nice. We do not take the lead and we drop the pretense and the pageantry. The restaurants are called: “Food trip” “My big darling sow” or “The cons serve”.

To go out, we dress like cowboys or punk. You let your beard grow because you feel like you have to come out of the hairdresser to go to work. We are familiar with old and young, we discuss the fat with anyone. We relax, we laugh, and we eat this weird thing called poutine, supposedly the national dish which is, I remember, fries in meat sauce with bits of cheese on it. Refined.

What Quebec teaches you:

Oh ! What is this wooden thing that comes out of your c …? A brush ? Tabarnak, what is he doing there?

Annihilate those emotional protective walls that you put between people and you. Take care of your interlocutors and if your client or your reader seems to have had the household utensils grafted where I think, relax the atmosphere, be relaxed for two. Professional relations must above all not mean “formal relations”. A good friend will be a much better customer!

To read, the Blog du Québec

bali Bali

In Balinese, the word “Paradise” does not exist … since we live there! I remember my trip to Bali as a month of relaxation and sweetness, wonder and colors …

One evening, in one of the many vegetarian restaurants in Ubud, I collect in the hollow of my wooden spoon a little honey served in a small glass jar, to place it on my flambéed mango pancake. Education in jam good-mom obliges, I lick the bottom of honey on the spoon before putting it back. And there I felt the very essence of what we call the marvelous. I felt like all the bees in Bali had come together to gather the tastiest tropical flowers on the island. Nectar of the gods, pollen from the sky. Cute unicorns and kittens singing “Avé Maria”. All that.

What Bali teaches you:

Seek to produce marvelous, colors, sounds, smells … Subtle emotion, refinement … your client must walk weightlessly on the little clouds that you have placed under his feet.

“Wow! Should exclaim your reader. “Oh yes, again! Will swoon your client. (We are talking about fee-based services respecting decency).

To read, the Bali Solo blog

thailand Thailand

Do you know foot massage? No no, I am not talking about this vulgar ersatz darling of reflexology points that you can find in the 10th arrondissement, I am talking about FOOT MASSAGE.

In Thailand, you can get a head to toe massage, but the most incredible memory is undoubtedly the foot massage I received on the first day of my arrival in Bangkok. (Or maybe later, I got used to it).

I took a 30-minute plan to relieve the stresses of air travel. At the end of the half hour, I said, “Half an hour more please.” In the end I stayed 2 hours.

Oil, hands that seem to argue with your feet … It starts with the weather and it ends with philosophical reflections on the meaning of life and humanity. Seriously, I didn’t think my feet had so much to say and to be taught. Then I walked down the street feeling 10 pounds lighter.

If Bali sings you angelic psalms, Thailand teaches you their meaning. At the end of a trip to Thailand, the meaning of the word “effort” changed, as did the word “pleasure”. One means “nonsense”, the other “reason for being”.

What Thailand teaches you:

The deepening of the experience of bliss. Inject ease and fun into your projects. Does the launch of your start-up seem painful to you? How could you make it more pleasant? Are you overwhelmed by requests? Does your business management really suit you?

And to make your life even better, how do you get up in the morning? Do you take care of your body? Do you eat for your well-being? Are you getting enough sun? Does your work environment, your place of living suit you?

To read, the blog My Thailand

PeruPeru

Here is the experience I had in the Peruvian Amazon, in Iquitos, with Capanahua Indians.

To tell you the truth, I left for 1 month, taking the mother of all the plants: ayahuasca, creeper of spirits. I’m more of a down to earth person in general, and I’m always looking for a scientific explanation for the phenomena. But for a month, it was impossible for me to confront my theories with the inexplicable experiences I had.

To give you an example among so many others:

One night we were under the “tembo”, a sort of huge hut without walls, for the Ayahuasca ceremony. I was completely to the west under the effect of the plant. I felt pretty bad. Suddenly, I saw 5 white shapes approaching me. I was lying on my bench and watching these mysterious characters surround me. They started to talk to each other about my case. They looked like the doctors of the Imaginary illness of Molière. They were arguing over the reasons for my malaise. After half an hour of talk, they finally got along: “She needs to sleep.” And one put his hand on my eyes. I fell asleep.

The next day, we meet up with the shaman to talk about our experiences. The first person to speak is a man, he tells what he experienced. At the end, he said, “Ah yes, and also I saw some sort of white ghosts around Sophie, I wondered if she was in danger. But then I saw that they seemed to take care of her. ”

Do I need to clarify that I had not told anyone about this “vision”?

What Peru teaches you:

You cannot control everything, understand everything. Certain phenomena escape your discernment. Listen to your intuition. Steve Jobs said it himself, “Have the courage to follow your heart and your intuitions.” If you spend your time following the writings, the instructions, the precepts, you forget what Africans call “the second world” and that Catholic mystics call “the soul”.

Imagine someone doing exactly what Steve Jobs did. Would he succeed like him? No. Each one has a way, a way which is clean for him. If you have the feeling that “such an action” will work, despite all the webmarketing gurus chant the opposite, follow your path. You could be a pioneer of a new method, who knows?

To read, the Peru Travel blog

morocco Morocco

In Morocco, you are a seller by birth (or at least you learn to become one very quickly). Starting a business, whether hard or organized, seems to be part of the Moroccan genome.

The first person I met there asked me if I could help him sell his agricultural produce to French supermarkets. Somewhat destabilized, I answer him that I know absolutely nothing about it.

And he replied: “But you don’t need to know yourself to sell! ”

Is that so.

What Morocco teaches you:

If you find yourself in a financial mess, think “Riding a biz”. What can you do for a living? You can sell it right away without reading 8 million docs about market research. Come on, zou.

To read, the blog Living in Morocco

spain Spain

In the afternoon, Spain sleeps. Before 5 p.m., it’s Siesta.

The town of Ador, near Valencia, has even declared a compulsory nap curfew. At 1:30 p.m. each day, the police come to announce the compulsory nap.

What repression is atrocious. Spaniards, revolt! How do I speak too loud?

What Spain teaches you:

Sleeping boosts work. Tweet this funny proverb.

It has been proven, demonstrated, studied. So why is there still no place dedicated to napping in the workplace? Why are employees forced to purr behind their computers with their heads on their arms? The nap in England is frowned upon. As the lunch break spreads out, the heavy steak and fries purring the digestive system … the French employee must open his eyes to read his Facebook timeline. Disgusting.

Entrepreneur, take some seed! After lunch, put on earplugs and a plane mask, lie down for 30 minutes, and recharge your batteries! Your turnover will be affected.

To read, the blog Expat Spain

Greece

I’ll tell you a secret: the ruins annoy me. The pieces of pebbles placed next to each other, the pieces of reconstituted walls, the “testimony” of the past, all that swells me. When I travel, I prefer to admire the architecture of today, look for cool restaurants, bathe or take a walk in nature.

And yet, in 2005, I found myself running a traveling teenage camp in Greece, during which we of course visited a bunch of ancient sites. Including Delphi.

Delphi, however, it is only ruins, pieces of pebbles placed next to each other, pieces of reconstructed walls, but I do not know why, contemplating the fountain in front of the cave where the Pythia officiated, I thought felt suddenly projected at the time of Socrates.

Name of Zeus, she was the one who said that Socrates was the wisest man in town, because he alone ” knows he doesn’t know “!

What Greece teaches you:

Knowing where you come from is important. This principle applied to your business will greatly help you.

Ask yourself these questions before launching or reshaping your business:

  • Who are your pioneers in your field?
  • When did the theme you target start?
  • How did your predecessors manage to sell what you sell?

Read the Voyage Cyclades blog

Italy

Italy
The famous pizza da Michele

The good life. Stroll, eat, drink, sing … My that Italy is good for the soul!

In the novel “Eat, pray, love”, the first part is located in Italy. The heroine surrenders at Michele’s, the best pizzeria in Naples, a city known for being the temple of world pizza. ” In other words the best pizzeria in the world“. And I still remember by heart what she said after swallowing her first bite of Double Cheese Pizza:

I loved my pizza so much, I was ready to believe that my pizza loved me in return.

The perfect postcard? Drink a little Italian wine on a terrace while tasting quill and watch the sun go down while listening to a little serenade on the guitar (Yes, a bit like in a bad Woody Allen movie).

If you want to learn how to write a good blog post and how to make traditional carbonara pasta, I strongly encourage you to read this Mangiare Ridere article. To cry with laughter (and shame, if like me you committed the crime of the famous “carbo pasta” student version.)

What Italy teaches you:

The art of living. Just that.

Be thin: share beautiful sentences and beautiful images on your social networks. Embellish your texts and titles in great detail.

Be happy: Put a smile in your comments, in your posts, in your responses! The saddest of phrases is cheered up with a small smiley 🙂 or an exclamation mark (not to be abused, unless you want to pass for a hysteric). And short sentences, certainly, but not too short, otherwise you could pass for a sad sire.

Be fluid: link your sentences together as if they were holding each other’s hands. The previous sentence should call the next. The alliterations should be timely. If you say, “I advise you to be fluent.” It shakes up. “Be more fluid.” It’s prettier. The consonants that scrape are difficult to mix with the labials.

To read, the blog of Mangiare Ridere – Category Browse Italy

Finlandfinland

A few years ago, I went to Finnish Lapland to do dog sledding. We spent our days spinning in huge expanses of thick, smooth snow, sometimes punctuated by traces of hares or old sled tracks.

Alone in the world in infinite whiteness…

The first day, when we were, it seemed, in the middle of nowhere, the guide yelled, “We stop eating! There was nothing but a log cabin with logs, half buried in the snow.

He then digs with his gloves in the snow on 50cm, and reveals a kind of metal shrub whose branches he unfolds.

Then, he makes us install the reindeer skins stored in our carts around this mysterious installation. Then he goes to fetch some pine and pruning logs from one of them with his hunting knife, notches forming regular wood chips that hang on the edge. It ignites these dry chips and then places other logs on the small flames. Soon a medium-sized fire rises and heats the metal.

We then fill a huge kettle with fresh snow to make coffee for us, and each metal branch receives a huge frozen sandwich that roasts quietly in its aluminum foil. We sit down and take off our huge boots to evaporate the moisture in our socks by the fire.

Comfortably seated on our reindeer skins, a cup of hot coffee in our hands, we are simply amazed to see the heat, comfort and food appear in the midst of what seems to be nothing but a gigantic freezer.

What Finland teaches you:

You start from nothing, but by gaining knowledge, you can access everything. Mastering your knowledge will develop through learning. Good tools will support you in your task. At work !

To read, the blog Hey Helsinki (in English)

denmark Denmark

In the north of Denmark, set in a case formed by Jutland and the island of Bornholm, floats in the middle of the Kattegat Strait, the small island of Samsø.

The island is approximately 12 km by 5 km, and only 4000 souls are listed there.

But two months a year, June and July, the population of Samsø increases by 10%.

These are the strawberry pickers.

Hundreds come to collect red gold, they are paid by weight. And for good reason: the strawberries from Samsø are huge. If you arrive early enough in the season, you can even hallucinate on strawberries the size of grapefruits.

Because Samsø is rocked by warm currents and it is located high enough on the world map to know until 22h of sunshine in the summer solstice, the juicy and fleshy red fruit grows there like thistle. Without pesticides, moreover. And the farms are self-managed energetically by wind turbines running all year round at full speed. A miracle.

What Denmark teaches you:

It could be tempting to see Denmark by its “empty glass” side, that is to say the winter months spent in the dark, the depression that awaits, the lack of vitamin D, the prices which soar due to importation, the wind beating the sad and dreary plains, the desire to write novels on little mermaids who die in the foam…

But that’s forgetting the “full glass” side.

Take your peculiarities and make it your strength. Are you leaving without a round? Make a blog called “I start from scratch”. Do you live in the deep countryside? Organize marketing events in your industry (since nothing ever happens, everyone will come and you will be a star).

Remember that people want to solve problems, not buy. Take your problems, how you solve them, and teach others.

To read, the blog My Franco-Danish life

Czech republicCzech republic

I knew the Czech Republic from 1989 to 1994 when it was still called Czechoslovakia. The country was just emerging from its velvet revolution, ending 50 years of “popular democracy”, in other words communism.

If you have visited Prague in recent years, you will find it hard to believe what I am going to tell you, as this city is commercially aligned with other European capitals. Today we see Sephora, Zara, Peruvian singers and Senegalese glasses sellers … Watching Prague on Google Streetview fills me with melancholy.

When I lived in Prague, there was 1 Macdo, 1 Levi’s store which did not even have the famous 501, 1 Yves Rocher which placed 10 make-up products behind windows as if they were Cartier jewelry and a delicatessen called “Fruits de England”, where you could buy luxury products such as Pavé d’Affinois … And that was it for western stores.

This is what shopping trips with girlfriends in Praha centrum looked like.

Vanceslas Square (Vaklavské naměsti) was a long, empty alley. A few people barely walked there. No tourists. We were accosted by Czech teenagers who offered us to drink a mocha. We then went to the German clothing store, where we could find eph paws and overshirts. We bought salty popcorn from a vendor on Na Příkopě Street and pushed to Kotva, a ghostly shopping arcade, whose architecture is reminiscent of both a tombstone and a bunker.

We then went to Charles Bridge (Karluv most), and we were whipped in the face by the wind that was sliding on the Vltava river. There were barely a dozen onlookers who did the same …

The “city of a thousand steeples” seemed to belong to us alone.

What the Czech Republic teaches you:

Slogans, light showcases, smartphones, noise and permanent images make us forget the feeling of belonging. Everything seems fleeting, illusory and disembodied. We lose knowledge of our place in space and the world in the crowded city.

The web has increased this feeling. Prague in 1990 was the web of referencing by meta tags. Getting there today is extremely difficult. You have to work for hours to understand techniques, develop strategies, master tools, write to sell…

So take advantage of what’s not yet and try to be at the forefront. Today, data marketing is just starting to find its place among the general public. The download is still not very controlled, niches are still desert … It’s up to you to find your “empty” city in order to feel at home there.

To read, the Prahoo blog

poland Pologne

A Cracovie, outre de grandioses bâtisses sombres et intimidantes, de la nacre qui orne des boîtes laquées, des joyaux d’ambres géants contenant des fossiles d’insectes et de la pâte de verre qui fait chatoyer les intérieurs, on trouve du sel. Des mines de sel même. Et elles se visitent.

Les murs sont en sel, les sculptures sont en sel (La Cène sculptée dans du sel, oui), des façades de bâtiments ciselées dans du sel et bien sûr des stalagmites/tites faites de cristaux de sels purs reluisent dans des grottes de sel. À la fin de la visite, on achète des sacs de sel.

Ce que la Pologne vous apprend :

Vous pouvez TOUT vendre à partir du moment où vous le valorisez. Voir mon article chez Miss Seo Girl pour valoriser votre science des chips par exemple.

A lire, le blog de Virginie en Pologne

suisseSuisse

Lorsque j’avais 20 ans, j’ai travaillé dans un gîte des Alpes suisses en tant que plongeuse pendant trois mois de la saison d’hiver.

Le chef de cuisine, Christian, était un cuisinier exceptionnel. Un virtuose de la fondue, un Mozart de la tartiflette, un génie des crozets. Chaque aliment semblait sous sa main se transformer en un instrument de musique participant à la composition d’une symphonie gustative, dont les harmonies résonnaient longtemps sur les papilles.

Et lorsqu’on lui demandait : « Mais qu’est-ce que tu as mis dedans ? », il répondait invariablement : « De l’amour… »

Comme tout grand artiste qui possède son côté excentrique et perfectionniste, Christian, en bon Suisse qui se respecte, était un maniaque de la propreté, échelon 3ème dan (pour ne pas dire reich).

Je n’aurais jamais pensé me passionner pour les méthodes de nettoyage des plats en inox, mais c’est avec enthousiasme que je veillais à rendre sur ses plans de travail des ustensiles plus brillants qu’ils n’avaient pu l’être neufs. Si une tache subsistait, de la petite éclaboussure de calcaire à la légère auréole de gras dans un recoin de cassolette, il la rapportait sans un mot, la posant au milieu de la vaisselle sale empilée. Je stoppais alors ma vaisselle, et cherchait des yeux la minuscule souillure qui avait échappé à ma vigilance. Chaque plat à laver constituait un véritable défi en soi.

Au bout de trois mois, cela va sans dire, j’étais la personne la plus propre du monde. (J’avoue avoir faibli dernièrement, pardon Christian).

Ce que la Suisse vous apprend :

Être perfectionniste n’est pas une maladie, c’est la preuve irréfutable d’une passion totale dans ce que l’on fait. Si vous êtes engagé à 100 % dans votre action, les détails ne sauront échapper à votre conscience.

Dans la création d’une entreprise, la rédaction d’un article ou la mise en page d’un site, votre respect du détail fera toute la différence.

Attention, être perfectionniste ne signifie pas être parfait, mais viser la perfection dans un domaine.

(D’ailleurs Christian écoutait Radio Nostalgie, comme quoi on peut créer des symphonies culinaires et avoir des goûts de chiotte en musique.)

A lire le blog Travailler en Suisse

allemagneAllemagne

Chaque mois de mai à Berlin se tient le Karneval des Kulturen. Un immense cortège de chars bariolés qui défilent devant des millions de spectateurs pendant toute une journée.

En 2003, un centre culturel du Kreuzberg donnait un stage de théâtre de rue. 26 personnes et deux semaines de création d’un spectacle et de fabrication de chars pour défiler pendant le fameux carnaval. Les chars avancent à 2 à l’heure, on avait donc tout le temps de jouer notre spectacle en suivant la procession.

Le spectacle que nous avons créé durait 1h environ et racontait la vie d’un grand restaurant. Un char représentait la salle, un autre la cuisine, et nous faisions des chorégraphies tous ensemble. Le but était de faire dégénérer le rituel commande-cuisine-service en une sorte de capharnaüm abstrait sans plus aucun sens. À la fin, les serveurs faisaient de la tauromachie avec leurs torchons.

Le jour J, les nuages menacent. On fait joue une première fois, sans problème, tout se passe bien. Mais dès la deuxième fois, nous jouons sous une pluie fine. Au bout de la 7ème fois, nous sommes trempés. Nos maquillages dégoulinent sur nos visages, nos chemises blanches sont transparentes, nos vestes peintes sont délavées, nos plateaux et tables en cartons ramollis, mais nous continuons de jouer, inlassables, recevant les applaudissements des spectateurs ébahis sous leurs parapluies, jusqu’à la tombée de la nuit.

Ce que l’Allemagne vous apprend :

Ne vous découragez pas. Au contraire, donnez le meilleur de vous-même au cœur de la tempête. Quand tout semble se dresser entre vous et votre réussite, ne lâchez pas la barre. Virez de bord, persévérez contre vents et marées.

Surtout, n’hésitez pas à partager vos obstacles et vos craintes avec votre lectorat, afin que vos avancées soient perçues pour ce qu’elles sont réellement : des challenges que vous relevez.

A lire, le blog Salon de thé berlinois

Royaume-uniRoyaume-Uni

Il existe au nord de Londres, dans une minuscule bourgade appelée Letchworth, une école pas comme les autres.

En effet, St Christopher School est un lycée qui ne lésine pas sur les moyens. Véritable campus avec ses rues et ses maisons confortables à l’anglaise, doté d’équipements à faire pâlir les employés de Google, terrains de sports multiples, vastes ateliers, bibliothèque immense, billards… C’est aussi la seule école végétarienne au monde. Les professeurs s’y font appeler par leur prénom et sont passionnés par leur enseignement, les classes sont peu nombreuses et composées d’élèves venus du monde entier. Et cette école, comme vous vous en doutez, coûte un bras.

C’est pourquoi j’ai eu une chance extraordinaire lorsque ma prof d’anglais de seconde a décidé de se battre afin que j’obtienne une petite bourse pour aller y passer 2 semaines dans le cadre d’un échange avec mon lycée.

J’ai pu découvrir ce que c’était qu’avoir les « moyens ». Quand on fait un cours de « techno » en England, on apprend à construire un testeur de continuité (vous vous rappelez ?), et ça ennuyait tout le monde. A St Christopher, les élèves fabriquaient des guitares, des meubles, des robots. Et les élèves étaient à fond.

Vous me direz : Oui, mais tout ça c’est cher. Et vous aurez raison.

Mais je voudrais soulever les questions suivantes : comment utiliser au mieux l’argent qui est alloué à l’apprentissage ? Comment passionner les enfants ? Met-on réellement les moyens nécessaires dans les équipements qui sont censés former les travailleurs de demain ? Est-ce que ça coûte cher d’être sympa et chaleureux avec les autres ?

Car le lycée où j’étais était lui aussi privé, pourtant toutes les tables étaient bancales et les professeurs odieux et incompétents.

Ce que l’Angleterre vous apprend :

Comment utiliser votre argent pour vous former. Il ne s’agit pas d’aller toujours chercher les écoles de commerce ou de droit les plus chères, mais de voir quels sont vos véritables besoins.

Définissez vos buts. Si vous souhaitez devenir rédacteur web par exemple, vous lancez-vous dans le métier sur le tas, sans aucune formation ? Ou allez-vous chercher les bons livres, les formations adéquates, et selon vos lacunes, les coachs ou formateurs qui sauront vous aider à les combler? Possédez-vous les bons outils pour travailler de façon optimale ?

A lire, le blog Les petites joies de la vie londonienne

écosseÉcosse

En Écosse, il pleut tout le temps (paraît-il). En tout cas, lorsque je m’y suis rendue pendant 10 jours en février 2004, il a plu pendant… 10 jours.

Au début, tu râles : saleté de pluie, pff je suis mouillée, scrogneugneu… Puis, un jour que nous étions allées avec ma compagnonne de voyage nous ballader dans les « bens », sortes de collines recouvertes d’herbes hautes et de ruisselets, nous avons connu ce que je nomme « une épiphanie écossaise ».

Comme je vous l’ai dit, les collines sont recouvertes de ruisselets. Mais comme je vous l’ai dit aussi, les herbes sont hautes, ce qui fait que les ruisselets, bah, on ne les voit pas. Ce sont des ruisselets surprises quoi, ce qui fait qu’on se prend les pieds dedans, jusqu’au genou s’il vous plaît.

Au début, on avait plus ou moins réussi à se protéger de la pluie avec nos cirés et nos chaussures noyées d’imperméabilisant. Mais au bout du troisième ruisselet, l’eau avait recouvert nos pantalons et pénétré dans nos chaussures. Et là est apparu un immense troupeau de moutons angora. Je ne sais pas si vous avez déjà vu des moutons angora, mais c’est vachement rigolo. Avec ses poils hyper longs qui lui tombent sur les yeux, c’est un peu le chewbacca du mouton.

Alors, d’un coup, on a perdu les pédales. On s’est mis à courser les moutons pour les voir courir. Et comme on ne faisait plus du tout attention à où l’on mettait les pieds, on se cassait la gueule dans les ruisselets toutes les 15 secondes. À la fin, on était trempés comme des ananas sous la mer.

Du coup, on a fait des concours de saut par-dessus un ruisseau de 4 m de largeur, et on est tombées dedans bien sûr. Après, on a fait un concours de celle qui faisait le plus gros bruit d’éponge en marchant.

De toute façon, le soir, de gros radiateurs séchaient tout ça et le lendemain, on était reparties dans la lande écossaise, sans même mettre nos capuches.

Ce que l’Écosse vous apprend :

Les difficultés peuvent être source d’expérience bénéfique.

Facebook est en panne ? Au lieu d’aller twitter « Facebook est en panne », profitez-en pour travailler.

Une coupure Internet même ? Qu’à cela ne tienne, c’est parfait pour rédiger son article sur Word, sans distraction.

Il n’y a plus de café ? Formidable. Le café crée de l’acidité dans l’estomac. Vous testez le thé vert, et ça vous plaît.

L’étage du dessus fait de bruyants travaux ? Vous découvrez que travailler avec des boules Quiès permet de décupler votre concentration.

Il y a encore la queue au self ? C’est décidé, vous allez manger dehors et profiter du soleil. Ça fait un bien fou !

A lire, le blog Traveling savage (en anglais)

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A Porto bien sûr, vous devez boire du porto. Cela fait d’ailleurs partie intégrante de votre séjour. Visites des caves, dégustations, apéro, repas, verre en terrasse… Les raisons de boire du porto ne finissent jamais. Tiens je ne l’ai pas goûté celui-là…

Dans la rue de Sao Joao qui mène aux bords du Rio Douro, un français passionné de portos fait déguster ses meilleurs crus sur fond de très bonne musique des années 60. Il accompagne chaque verre d’une bouchée issue de l’un des pots qui confectionne lui-même : marrons ou cerises macérés tandis que vous buvez tout en même temps le nectar portugais et les paroles du propriétaire… Tiens ze l’ai déjà goûté zui-là ?

Peu à peu, le bien-être et la chaleur vous engourdissent (il faut dire qu’il fait frisquet à Porto au mois de novembre). Vous vous mettez à poser plein de questions sur les portos, leur conservation, leurs âges et leurs particularités.

Eeeet buis vous rgoûtez un ptit porto, basque vous l’avez pas encore goûté le 10 ans d’âge, s…hic, si ?

Ce que le Portugal vous apprend :

Quel que soit le produit que vous vendez, il faut passionner votre client ou votre lecteur. La passion est la recette du succès.

Les ingrédients de la passion :

  • Une bonne louche de passion personnelle. Si vous êtes investi dans votre sujet, vous saurez convaincre n’importe qui de l’intérêt d’un produit ;
  • Une lampée de connaissances. Potassez votre sujet à fond et fascinez vos interlocuteurs ;
  • Une cuillère d’hypnose. Si vous variez les articles, images, propos sur un thème hyper-récurrent, vous serez initiateur d’une découverte. Ça galvanise ;
  • Une pointe d’humour. Parce que le monde s’ennuie. Parce que tout est un peu mort. Réveillez les zombies en stimulant leurs zygomatiques ;
  • Une touche de bon goût. Parce que la beauté arrondit les angles et adoucit les mœurs. Mettez du beau.

A lire, le blog Bom Dia Portugal

Et vous, avez-vous des expériences à l’étranger qui vous ont inspirés pour votre entreprise ?