When you move country, you expect things to be different. Even very different. And yet, inevitably, the particular differences you encounter still come as a bit of a shock. Some things are just so basic, so utterly familiar, that it never occurs to you they could be any other way.
When shopping for a bed, I pretty much expect that the price advertised gets me this.
Obviously, no mattress. But otherwise, well, that’s a bed. It may or may not have a headboard, it may or may not have integrated drawers… it’s a bed. Right?
In Switzerland, this is a bed.
This one has integrated nightstands, which is obviously pretty unusual, but notice what’s missing?
Yup. Slats are extra.
So are headboards, but I can live with that. That doesn’t freak me out. A bed that you can’t actually put a mattress on? That freaks me out.