I read aboout this on a Swedish forum. A test asked if it is normal to go to a park and eat your lunch there. Everybody thought it normal. Is it normal to go to sleep in the park after lunch? Most found it not normal at all. (Normal = nobody I know would do it)
Well, with only half an hour for lunch, who'd have time to take a nap anyway? But I suppose some have longer lunches.
Another difference is if you sleep on the grass or on a bench. People sunbathe or rest on the grass, so it would not be that strange if they fell asleep. But on a bench - ner. I would think this person was homeless or had problems with alcohol etc. The police might come and ask you what is the problem. It happened to a person with back pain.
So I think it is a cultural thing. In some countries/cities it is ok.
When I was in a park in London (love all the parks) I saw one middle-aged woman and one blue-clad man lie on benches. My warning system reacted "danger, get out of here". My daughter said that this was totally normal (she's already gone native ); the man was working in the paus and took a paus and the woman was a tourist.
I don't think I would ever lie down on a park bench alone, unless I was very ill. And I would never sleep in a park, unless in company of family/friends (who were awake). I would feel too vulnerable.
So do you find it normal where you live? Would you do it?
We are famous for "Stockholm syndrome": "Q: Hey, what's up with Matt? His Dad is on social security, his mom got laid off, his sister's kids get free school lunches, he collects federal financial aid for college, and he only makes minimum wage working at Walmarts. Yet he keeps talking about how we need to cut taxes for the wealthy and quit spending so much on social programs. A: Yeah, he thinks he's going to be a millionaire soon. He's got Economic Stockholm Syndrome." (Urban Dictionary)
I've just come back from Croatia. On our last day we had 6 hours to kill between leaving our accommodation and the flight home. Tired from sightseeing, we spent some time relaxing in a park, and I laid back on a bench and closed my eyes for at least 20 minutes. Seemed a perfectly normal thing to do.
ETA: I was with my husband. I'm not sure I'd have don it alone, I'd have felt too vulnerable, although Croatia seems a very safe place.
To mee, it generally seems weird, but that might be because I can't really sleep in public, not unless I'm extremely tired. Even if I had to spend a night at an airport where lots of people were sleeping, I just dozed for a bit. I'd feel too vulnerable just falling asleep out in the open. But if you're on holiday like juju, it would maybe feel different and more normal to me.
Post by raspberrybullets on Sept 5, 2016 21:42:35 GMT
On a bench would imply a homeless person to me. On the beach in the sun, that would be common enough. I did sleep across some benches when we were stuck at Brunei airport for hours and hours, it wasn't comfortable but there was only our flight at the entire airport so I wasn't too stressed.
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