These things will surprise you abroad


  • You have to take off shoes in a temple and wear them in a plastic bag (provided at the entry of the temple).
  • If you want to get off the bus, you have to pull a rope that is stretched across the bus. The bell next to the driver will ring and you can get out.
  • India’s calendar has 6 seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn, winter, and prevernal.
  • It’s illegal for foreigners to take Indian currency (rupees) out of India.
  • 70% of all the world’s spices come from India.



  • It is not polite to give tips in restaurants or for the taxi driver.
  • It is polite to munch when eating Ramen noodles as this is the way to show that you like them.
  • In Japan, there are no trash cans in the streets.  You have to carry your trash to the hotel or home for disposal._DSC0347
  • 70% of the island are forests
  • Japan is an island and has extremely high costs of imported fruits and vegetables. I have seen prices of 5 $ per apple in Osaka.


  • Public transport in the USA is not well developed all over the country, so the best way is to rent/buy a car.
  • Fries comes as a side dish.
  • The American one-dollar bill contains several hidden images, including a little spider in the upper right- hand corner.
  • In the USA they may add a tip to your bill beforehand, usually 20%.
  • The seven rays on the crown of the Statue of Liberty in New York represent the seven countries. Each measure up to 2.7 meters in length and weighs 68 kg.



  • In Brazil, they eat several side dishes at a time. Usually, it’s rice with beans and potatoes.
  • The Amazon Jungle has the greatest biodiversity on the planet.
  • Brazil has been the world’s largest exporter of coffee for more than 150 years.
  • Brazilians use the “cool” gesture if they want to say “hello”, “goodbye”, “thanks” or “welcome”.
  • This country has more than 4’000 airports!



  • Never add ketchup to your pizza or pasta. The pizza was invented in Naples in 1860.
  • It is normal to be a little bit late for an appointment. No one here is in a hurry.
  • Italy is home to Europe’s only three active volcanoes: Etna, Stromboli, and Vesuvius.
  • Vatican City, in Rome, is the smallest country in the world.
  • The Trevi Fountain in Rome is the world’s oldest fountain, dated back to 19 B.C.

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  • People have great respect for money, therefore it is forbidden to step with your foot on the Thai currency (Thai bat), for eg. lying on the pavement.
  • The head is considered as a sacred part of the body. Therefore, one cannot touch someone’s head.
  • If you are in a restaurant, then remember that a fork is used only to put food in a spoon. The fork itself isn’t put in the mouth.
  • There is about 35’000 temples in Thailand. Visiting them require modest clothing.
  • Buddhism is the country’s main religion – it is practiced by 95 % of the population.



  • It is usual to eat pizza with ketchup. You will get various ketchup flavors in a restaurant.
  • Poland boats 17 Nobel prize winners.
  • Poles are highly educated and more than 90% complete secondary school, another 40% gain a Bachelor’s/ Master’s Degree.
  • The Polish cuisine is considered as one of the best in the world.
  • Poles are religious (90% are Catholic) and have a very beautiful traditional Christmas tradition, where 12 traditional dishes are being served and consumed with family.



  • Don’t salt your dish – it means that you don’t like it.
  • Never compare the people or language in Portugal with the Spanish, as this is offending to them
  • Many restaurants close by 9:30 p.m. as many people have an earlier dinner
  • Portugal is the oldest country in Europe, with the same defined borders since 1139.
  • With a coastline of 800 km, Portugal has one of the world’s best surf spots.


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