1. Complaining about school meals
From the day we started primary school until the moment we received a rose from our high-school headmasters, we endlessly complained about school meals. The fact that school meals were free, included a salad bar, a main dish, a vegetarian option, Finnish crisp bread (näkkileipä), and occasionally a dessert, played no role in our judgement. In primary school, we thought that the food tasted like snot; in secondary school, we claimed that it was inedible; and in high school, we just went to McDonald’s instead.
After high school, reality hit hard when I, among many others, realized that I now had to pay for my lunch. All of a sudden McDonald’s didn’t seem that exotic and fun. The only bright side of a paid lunch is that I can be sure there’s not a budding Jamie Oliver throwing chicken hearts stolen from a biology class into my pea soup.