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STRANGE CUSTOMS, YOU’LL BE SURPRISED

October 28, 2011

Every country in the world has their customs, and they could be normal for ones and also they could mean surprise or be strange for others. Because of that, when we travel around the world, there are a lot of customs that attract our attention.

The first one I’m going to talk about is that if you travel for business to Germany or Holland you will be able to greet, shaking your right hand, but you must never forget to keep you left hand out of your pocket because if you don’t do that you’d be rude.

If your destination is Vietnam, you’ll be surprised because of the many shops you’ll be able to observe, some of them with really few items and that is due to your status, when you have a shop, is almost the same as being the president.

In Morocco and Egypt you will see that most of the houses are unfinished. It is because you only have to pay taxes when the construction is completed.

If you enjoy a gastronomic tour for Japan you will find out that salt is not only used on starters and  main courses it is also used for desserts and fruit, as watermelon or pear to enhance their sweetness, so be aware of your blood pressure.

And finally if you decide to move to New York, be careful when you hang out your laundry, you won’t like to be fined, in New York you need to get a special license to hang out your clothes.

And what about you? Do you know any strange customs in your town that could be odd to the others?

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. sylvyllarta85 permalink
    October 28, 2011 11:09 pm

    What an interesting topic! For example is really well-known that men in Scotland wear kilt, even when they get married!! Or Italian people eat lentils in order to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

  2. October 29, 2011 12:19 am

    In Muslim countries there are also some customs related with the use of hands: they always use their right hand for eating, they must never do it with their leff hand because they use it for personal hygiene after going to the toilet.
    In Thailand, the head is considered sacred, for that reason you never touch or pass anything above anyone´s head.

  3. October 29, 2011 10:18 am

    In Bulgaria, the people move the head up and down to say “not” and move to the right and to the left to say “yes”

  4. October 29, 2011 11:10 am

    Aroa,
    This is a kind of blog that encourage us to participate, because everybody has an interesting anecdote to tell us. I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fun writing and reading this blog. Thanks!

  5. Xelo permalink
    October 29, 2011 9:58 pm

    I have a Polish friend and every time I see him, he kisses my hand. I have a Danish friend and the first time I meet her, she didn’t kiss me, but she shook me by the hand.

  6. Cynthia permalink
    October 30, 2011 12:49 pm

    In Japanese culture, they greet each other by bowing, not with a kiss!!

  7. marisa permalink
    November 1, 2011 11:32 pm

    Well I know you cannot go with chewing gum into Singapore. It is forbidden!

  8. Lorena Gallego permalink
    November 2, 2011 12:58 pm

    Be careful if you are in UK or Ireland when you order something… If you put your index and middle fingers up whit the back of the hand outwards you would get in trouble (the same that if you put here in Spain your middle up).
    For instance, here Billi’s brother says a tender goodbye to his little bro (look at this in minute 1:33 of this video)… lol

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