Having lived in two countries during the pandemic has also helped me reassess popular prejudices about countries. Common sense and rule-abiding British – well, not so much;
rule-ignoring Italians, well, not at all. On the London tube, up to 50% of passengers somehow seem to be exempt from mask-wearing (obviously, they are not), on the buses and trains in Italy I still have to find a single person not wearing a mask. There
are other national characteristics I learned about during the pandemic: British people do not, in general, like to confront rule breakers, whereas Italian (and to a certain extent Germans) do, at least when they realise that this rule breaking also affects
them negatively (by spreading the virus).