Some other cultural oddities that I have noticed:
- people don't carry umbrellas even when it rains really hard. I guess they just have to wait five minutes until it stops, like the saying goes
- people wear 14 shades of grey and nothing else. That's bad news for me because all the clothes I brought are quite bright. I'll have to buy some to fit in with the dullness!
- coffee shoppes cashiers write every single order down on a pad of paper.