I have traveled quite a bit and noticed many cultural differences during my travels. For example in Croatia being 15 to 30 minutes late for a dinner is considered normal, while in Germany it would be considered extremely rude. In the west we shake our heads from side to side when we say no, but in India it often means yes or I understand. What kind of cultural differences have you observed ?
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This is very true, a mothers love is universal :)
Not surprised your Girlfriend was annoyed, I don't think any young lady would like being called mommy by an older man, lol
LOL , That does sound confusing, so many little gestures we take for granted, are used differently in other cultures. I would never have figured this one out.
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I know quite a few Filipinos, and weirdly enough they can all sing pretty darned well, I was very impressed, especially since I can't hold a tune if my life depended on it. I would love to visit the Philippines. On my to do list.
Very true lilian_sg. I speak Penang dialect hokkien and Bahasa melayu, but have problems understanding Taiwanese Hokkien and Indonesian, I can hold a basic conversation, but find that a lot of words are different.
Interesting observation, yes it it very true that in most Asian countries people are not so comfortable with being touched. I did not know that Iran-Iraq showing the soles of the feet was considered that rude. good to know.
Just remembered to add, Austria/ Vienna - When you accompany a woman out for dinner or drinks, the man will always open the door of the bar or the restaurant and will walk in FIRST while the woman will follow.
Geez , that would take some getting use to Mike, I can just imagine the reaction of the ladies in my life if I suddenly adopted the Austria/Vienna custom of going in before the ladies.
Sounds confusing to say the least, I am sure that you must have learned a lot about the different cultures. Must be a lot of fun :)
I am assuming this is only in the big cities and that the English culture still thrives in the countryside.
True, even short distances seem to make a difference when it come to cultural and traditional differences.
Pretty cute -- I love hockey, too. Don't know that I think heaven should be cold like an ice rink, but maybe it would reverse global warming. How can people play ice hockey with no ice, after all?
A hockey fan I am guessing ? hahaha
Artificial ice, not unlike what all North Americans play on. I live in Florida and we have wonderful ice 12 months a year. The above picture is from RDV complex (2 ice rinks) from Orlando, FL...