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By Andy the HoboTraveler.Com

ISSUE:  048
DATE:  September 23, 2001
TIP:  Cultural Manners
LOCATION:  Belgium

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~ TODAYS TRAVEL TIPS

HOW TO BE CULTURALLY POLITE.

I do not look the other way. Corruption, theft, danger
and racism need to stop. But learning diplomacy
can make your trip more enjoyable. Think before you
make a comment. I often think a long time before I write my
comments. I am sure I offended lots of people. But I am trying
to make you think, and help keep you safe.
I love you. I care about you. I wish you the best.
But I do not want to invite all of you home for dinner.

IT IS BAD MANNERS TO MAKE PEOPLE UNCOMFORTABLE

DO NOT !
COMPARE YOUR COUNTRY TO ANOTHER ALL THE TIME.
DO !
UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS NORMAL TO COMPARE.
It is not possible to not compare your life to the life of another
individual. But it is possible to not open your mouth. When you compare, you may
be saying. You are poorer. You are dirtier. You are more dangerous.
These comparisons are necessary for cultures to grow, but they are not
helpful in trying to find friendship.

DO NOT !
EXPECT A PERSON TO TALK YOUR LANGUAGE.
DO !
IF YOU SPEAK THEIR LANGUAGE. TALK...
This is totally ridiculous to expect a person to talk your language.
No language is superior to another. .
But if you speak their language, and will not talk then you are a jerk.
The goal is to communicate

DO NOT !
GIVE GIFTS WITHOUT THEM ASKING.
DO !
GIVE YOUR FRIENDS GIFTS.
Giving a person something without them asking because
you think they are poor. How would you like a millionaire
to come up and say you seem poor. Let me give you some money.

DO !
ALWAYS NEGOTIATE
DO NOT !
ALWAYS NEGOTIATE
Not negotiating because you think they are poor.
People do business for money, and pride. Do not
remove, or deny them the pride of doing normal business.
All people are equal. But do not be ridiculous and try
to take advantage.

DO NOT !
FORCE YOUR CULTURE ON THEM
This in my opinion is the number one offence.
Forcing your culture on them.
In Rome do as the Romans.
I remember 2 girls getting stones thrown at them for being
topless in Costa Rica. There was not one topless Costa Rican girl around.
Trust me, I notice these type of things.
If you are the only one doing something. You may be a jerk.

DO NOT !
DEMAND YOUR TRADITIONS IN THEIR COUNTRIES
I really like free water, and refills of coffee. It just
does not happen.
I practice civil disobedience to this issues.
I do not buy any drink.
I also do not like to pay for the toilet.
Guess what people do that do not have money?
Of all the things needed. This is a biggie.
It a request, not a demand.

DO NOT !
STEREOTYPE A CULTURE WITH YOUR COMMENTS
Telling a person they have no culture.
They are fat.
The movies are just that, movies. Fantasy

DO NOT !
MAKING JOKES ABOUT THEIR COUNTRY.
A gentlemens agreement.

DO NOT !
TELLING A PERSON HOW TO DO SOMETHING.
They may be doing things that worst possible way.
The do not care, and they do not want your advice.

DO NOT GO HOME !
If you leave a country or place, it is sometime because
you think you are returning to a better place. Take care that you
realize. You may be saying to them, this is great place to visit, but I
could not live here.

DO NOT !
DENYING WHO YOU ARE TO APPEASE
To deny which country you are from, or to lie to people about
how you live is to say to a person "You are too dumb to understand".

DO NOT !
TAKE PICTURES OF EVERYTHING
People are not tourist attractions.
They are people. You look funny to them. Do you want
them to walk up and take a picture of you?
Some of you travelers. Look like real clowns.
I sneak an occasional picture of some of the
travelers. hehehe

DO NOT !
FINDING ALL THE REASONS WE ARE DIFFERENT
DO !
Find all the reasons.
WE ARE THE SAME

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Have fun! Life is Good!

As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
One mans paradise, is another mans hell
This way we do not all go to the same place.

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