Every country has its own customs, manners and people. Sometimes, this may seem odd to outsiders. We mentioned the Lisbonese, the Germans and the Philippines before; and this time, we want to share the things that we thought were peculiar in Macedonia. We enjoyed traveling Macedonia. It's a country with beautiful nature and friendly people (who all seem to speak English too). Read about the best viewpoints and places to swim that we found around Lake Ohrid.
It is worth looking on the floor when walking around in Cambodia. First we were shocked when we saw a burnt $100 banknote. Then we had a closer look and realized that it was just fake money probably used for card games. Apart from the burnt paper notes, loads of playing cards are scattered around. This lead us to our conclusion that Cambodians like to play cards for money – real or not. Who knows? We already saw the most bizarre regarding food in the Philippines, but Cambodia is a lot alike. Don't feel offended if you see stretched out tongues when walking around the night markets. Together with chicken combs and tarantulas a walk can easily become a horror show.
Tanduay is the name of the local rhum and can be bought everywhere. A 600 ml bottle costs around 38 pesos (about € 0.70). There is almost no traveler that has been in the Philippines without trying rhum. Indeed, Rhum is a beverage that fits perfectly to the Filipino laid-back lifestyle.
Where there is a folk, there are stereotypes or things that characterize the local people in a rather funny, than serious way. When we approach a new culture, we have certain images of how the local people are, influenced by media. Every single nation has its own stereotypes and awkward manners. Stereotypes should be taken with humor! That's the first rule. This blog post is dedicated to the Lisbonese and stereotypes, that came our way, while we were living there for a year. English is spoken well Once I asked a Portuguese where he learned English, as it was miles better than mine, his answer was: from TV. Already children speak excellent English. As their own language sounds to me like an accumulation of “Sh”s and swallowed letters, English is welcomed everywhere. The people … (Continue reading)