Stuff you like about other cultures

Keep it non patronising

  • the Dutch and their bullet-pointed emails make me extremely happy. It’s the right way to email your business matters. And make your threads

  • the french slam on the brakes during the cheese course and tend to only discuss cheese. It’s a reverent time. ‘Once, in 2005, I had this Morbier that made me weep’ etc etc

Now you

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I was at a very posh party in France once and they had brought in a cheese man who had a table with about 50 cheeses on it. I asked him to recommend one and he just said “they’re all nice”.

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I mean when they’re right, they’re right

I really like the black church culture in the states, it’s so joyous and seems like a wonderful thing to have in one’s life. I really appreciate the roots as well when you consider the history of black people in america and how even basic rights like the right to worship was denied

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Yes! It is also an exceptionally friendly culture. I ended up hungover as balls in New Orleans and was welcomed in to listen to a Sunday choir, then got given mad good soup broth after

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That ringing sound at Japanese level crossings is so cool

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italian food packaging.

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In Uganda they say “You’re welcome” as a greeting when you enter a premise as opposed to being a response to “thank you”

I like that.

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they also have a different tune for every tube stop, so if you’re vision impaired (or hammered) you can associate the tune with your home. it’s very, very helpful

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yeah that’s very cool, like bienvenue

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I like how in many cultures people will touch their heart with their left hand after shaking your hand/greeting you in some way.

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  • I’m really not a food-sharing person, but I do like chinese restaurants and their massive lazy susans, giving everyone a taste of every dish.

  • Love it when the french forget who they are for a bit and out of nowhere bring out the cheapest, most paint-strippery scotch they can find and guzzle about a bottle each.

  • Ridiculous Apero buffet things in italian bars.

all of mine are food and booze aren’t they?

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Here we go

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Here we go!

Fuck sake I literally just turned down a cheeseboard I really wanted for the sake of my waistline and now I’m remorseful.

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they’ll talk about that refusal at their next cheeseboard, held without you

Fuck this I’m going back out

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I like how germans dig holes in the beach

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  • When you get on a train in germany and a massive group of lads on a stag, or on the way to the football gets on with crates and crates of lager. they get a bit rowdy, but when they get off someone is always designated to collect all the empties and clean up.
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is your cheeseboard out in the street?

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