There is a lot to be said for travel, especially travel to foreign countries. It changes things. It grows your perspective, shifts your horizon outwards, and gives you an appreciation for what else there is in the world. If everybody traveled, the world would almost certainly be a better place. There are even some schools of thought that say travel should be mandatory for school age pupils before they graduate. Imagine that, every single citizen of your country being mandated to go and spend time living in another culture? It would almost certainly lead to a very different world. It would be a world with much less hate and more understanding.
Perhaps not unexpectedly, however, there are plenty of things that people might find strange in other cultures. If you have done any significant amount of traveling in your life you know that every country and region can bring its fair share of surprises and shocks. It’s not just when you travel to other places though. It’s also when people travel to your place. We all live just a little bit differently so it stands to reason that no matter how similar the cultures, there will always be room for something unexpected. These are the 25 Most Shocking Things People Discover In Foreign Countries!
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The people in Los Angeles aren’t nearly as superficial as they are made out to be on TV. It’s a melting pot, and there is possibly no place on earth where a stranger can fit in faster.
Be prepared for people to ask you if you’re alright. A lot.
People swear a lot more here than in other English speaking countries.
Paris is known to let people down pretty hard, especially the Japanese. It’s so glorified in their media, and then they come to see how dirty it is (compared to Tokyo). There’s even a name for it – Paris Syndrome. The Japanese embassy has a hotline and everything. Every year, a few Japanese tourists experience anxiety-type symptoms and have to be flown out.
Going number 2 in public is pretty normal. It can definitely catch visitors off guard, though.