What to do when you are invited to a European’s home for dinner: gift giving etiquette and customs from around Europe. France Flowers should be given in odd numbers but not 13, which is considered unlucky. Some older French retain old-style prohibitions against receiving certain flowers: white lilies or chrysanthemums as they are used at […]
When cultures clash, one of two things can happen: frustration, animosity, disdain for the other side; or with a little understanding of the beliefs and values motivating the behavior of each side, surprise, and something like hilarity. In most cases, the expectations of each side are simply not met, or worse, thoroughly oppose. This can lead to amusing anecdotes when one digs a little deeper into the confusion.
This is a blog that aims to dig.