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CROSSING CULTURES

 
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I shamed my boy …

“I shamed my son today “, said my colleague as he explained how his son, who was in middle school, had forgotten his lunch box. And the reaction of a…

Expats sense of belonging

“I miss a sense of belonging in this country and I yarn for it” she said. Almost everyone living in another country or culture feels this way. After all we…
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King’s Day

“How much are you asking for that three wheeler?”  “Three Euro, “ “I will take it for two,”            “Done.”  Free market Along  the sides of…
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When Dutch directness backfires

“ I tell her every time that, I don’t want her food. But she still brings it. I cannot be more direct than that! I am at my wits end.…
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Some cultural lines you will never cross

After a lovely cultural event we all (a group of 10) stepped into an Ethiopian restaurant. A kitchen I had not experienced before. After ordering, our food was served on,…
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Planning the sun…

There she stood at my doorstep with an agenda and pen in hands… A couple of months back the mother of an acquaintance had moved into the house across the…
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Saving the brides of tomorrow

Child marriage not to a person but to a fruit and again to the Sun is as much a modern day common practice among the Newar ethnic group of  Nepal.…
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Gift or not to gift

“Is this some kind of a sick joke? They gave us shoes as gift, how insulting!’ “It is not just shoes, the wooden clogs are famous in The Netherlands. These…
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Outrageously impolite

 ‘So when you  are communicateing via a letter or an e-mail then you just begin with the matter at hand. Like, you have not yet paid the bills,  in the…