Culture Clash

Traveling requires interacting with different cultures, which inevitably creates stories of “oops upon a time” and great observations of people peculiarities.

 

People Say Really Stupid Things

Peoples say really stupid things

Okay, let’s have a contest. What’s the stupidest thing someone has EVER said to you (sure, sure, it was well-meaning)? We’ve all been there, trekking through a really hard time when maybe it feels like you can’t get one foot in front of the other. Or maybe you’re finally having a good day, and someone says something stupid. Like, really REALLY realllly stupid. Perhaps they said it to encourage you or to give you perspective or whatever. This isn’t really a...
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Tourist vs. Traveler

The words “tourist” and “traveler” are not interchangeable. If you travel or want to travel, you probably have an ideal plan of how you want to see your destination. Maybe an all-expenses-paid tour? A food-focused trip? A DIY meandering? Each word defines a certain way of traveling, and they’re not the same. A couple of weeks ago (on my most recent travel), I had just seated myself at the table for the evening’s fine dining experience after exchanging greetings with...
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Why I’ll Never Be A T-Shirt Tourist Again

T-shirts are almost the equivalent of the American flag. I grew up with a closet bursting with t-shirts and tennis shoes. When my family went on vacation, we had our matching t-shirts. Some days we wore tie-dye t-shirts and other days we wore our Veggie Tale t-shirts. (I wore Bob the Tomato.) The matching t-shirt thing was a way to keep track of our family. T-shirts are almost the equivalent of the American flag. Click To Tweet   While I...
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Is Circumcision Normal?

I just Google-searched “European penis” and then shook my head into my hands. Everyone knows not to search sexual terms, and No, Google, I don’t want to know the average size of European penises.  What I wanted to know was the averages on circumcision versus un-circumcision. I re-specified my search, and I made some interesting discoveries. But we’ll get to those. Because this is all about cultural clash. I’m American (if you didn’t already know), and circumcision is just the...
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10 Tricks to Leading Cross-Cultural Childcare

Two months ago, I filled out a volunteer form, and the in the experience section, I bragged that I was the “baby whisperer aka basically good with kids.” Friends, if you ever brag, make sure it’s not an empty brag. The leadership of this event (for which I planned to volunteer) asked me if I would consider leading the children’s program. If you don’t think that’s a daunting task, let me tell you a bit more. 7 different countries. Ages...
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