When in Rome
April 9, 2008 9:17 AM Subscribe
posted by hadjiboy (25 comments total)
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So, you're planning to take a trip around the world, are you? Well, in that case--you'll need to know a couple of things before you leave (in order not to offend the sensibilities of the local population). Let's see--suppose you're making your way through Azerbaijan
for example, and your host happens to be a businessman who is about to embark on a journey to the city: what would you do to give him the appropriate send off? Would you:
- a) Bid him farewell and shake his hand.
- b) Dance in front of him and do a traditional jig that everyone else is doing in order to ward off evil spirits.
- c) Throw a bowl of water in his wake.
Don't know, well, that's okay.
Let's try another one, shall we? Let's say you're in Croatia
this time and have been invited for dinner:
Now, do you...
a) Finish all of the food on your plate to show how much you've appreciated the meal.
b) Finish almost all of the meal and leave a little portion behind to show that you are finished.
c) Finish almost all of the meal and leave a little portion behind to show that you'd like a second helping.
Are we getting anywhere? Alright, alright: last question--I swear!
Now, say you're in Indonesia
and you need to buy gifts for your Chinese-Indonesian, Muslim-Indonesian, and Hindu-Indonesian friends: which one of these gifts would be advisable for whom?
a) A nice leather calf-skin wallet.
b) An ancient Samurai Sword that you got for a bargain.
c) A bread basket from Drake's that's just opened round the corner.