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I have found there are a lot of simple attributes to Thaiand that frame all of its definitive differences to western countries. I will start with simple ones.

Here you:
-pet cats instead of dogs- dogs are not nice and they bite easily, cats are very lovable
- are treated with respect for being a foreigner and expressing interest in a culture different than your own
-smile at everyone, and everyone smiles back at you
-accept loose literal translations for everything
-are seen as beautiful for having pale skin, women go to great lengths here to whiten their skin
-see endless pets everywhere and they don't have owners
-pay less than a dollar to travel on a train for two hours in 3rd class, back home to go two hours costs 48$
-eat five times a day instead of three
-take a nap whenever you feel like it, most likely after you eat
- see monks everywhere and they own cell phones
-take your shoes off before you go in most buildings
- get your chest stared at if you are a girl and have a chest at all
-shout over teenage boys in internet cafes because they scream back and forth to eachother
-see a lot more people who are missing limbs and whos toes grow sideways
-see a ton of drunk dutch kids in Bangkok who want to get more drunk and tell their friends about it

Here you don't
- eat everything on your plate if you are being taken out by a guest because it means you were provided for and could'nt finish because of their generosity
-say anything bad about the king or else you go to jail post haste
-just eat point to something and eat it because sometimes (in my case) its extremely salty- always ask for a sample
-get upset because people aren't mean here? Sorry that wasn't particularly good objective journalism on my part
-fight with who you travel with because there is no point
-see any mcdonalds or stabucks, strip mall infastructure etc

Posted by rumpypumpy 02:33

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