There is an interesting article in this months Conde Nast Traveler, about customs in other countries...What you think of as perfectly acceptable, may get you, embarrased, yelled at, or even beaten up...Some things are just common sense, like covering up, while in a house of worship...but things seemingly so normal to you, could cause great offense to people in your host country..
For instance..In Bali,,but I think this may be the case in other countries as well..Once you barter for the price of a rug, and agree on a price, it's considered, unacceptable to recind that offer..
If you are presented to the Queen of England, you must NEVER instigate the concversation, or EVER touch royalty before being touched..
And finally, if you are in a bar in Crete.. and to greet the bartender, you raise your hand, fingers splayed,motionless, and he then refuses to serve you.....roughly , and politeley translated, what you just said, is .."here's mud in your eye.." and quite the insult..
Have you ever, in your travels,made an error in etiquette, or noticed someone offending, due to ignorance on their part of the customs of the country? I wonder if there is a book about this subject..there MUST be, because I am sure that the offences are made quite innocently in most cases...Thanks to Conde Nast, when I meet the Queen, I will be quiet
Trip, with her book & tea!
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In Victoria don't ask to see the" Indian " Totem poles, souvenir shops, etc, Our FIRST NATION peoples are not from India.
Also when entering a small shop in France it is considered very rude not to call out "bonjour" before asking for service or asking a question. Always "greet first"
The Italian word "chow" is used between friends ,not between strangers!