Don't take this entry too seriously, I wasn't able to get an Anthropology degree in this life. Too much writing, not enough art-making. I do find it fascinating that people claim Scandinavians are more soft-spoken than Americans. I like to think in my heart of hearts there is still some Germanic blood alive in me from my grandparents, which just maybe gives me an excuse for my occasional soft-spoken demeanor.
The only reason I post anything on it is because of a funny account someone gave online about the Swedes covering their ears because of an American who talked too loudy. I've been told most of my life to speak up, and friends I've known too. So, when I read that I cheered. Americans in America are loud, and it can get obnoxious. While some of you might admire this "freedom", as a soft-spoken person in large doses I can tell you it gets tiresome.
When I came back from my trip to Iceland and the cash register operator at Target told me I didn't talk loud enough I fought back. When her supervisor came over to assist I told her that, "this woman hurts my ears." She removed here from the register. I might live and breathe in America, but it doesn't mean that I have to put up with insensitive ears. "Can you please talk lower? You're hurting my ears."
This blog comments on Icelanders':
"They’re quiet. Cafes and shops don’t generally have music. I loved this... Dapper lads everywhere. Solemn. Almost comically so. They’d agree."