A group of friends, delicious food, cold drink … With a delicious combination of these, there’s no mistake: it’s fun right and guaranteed great and funny stories for an entire night. So it was Torrego’s last conversation with her friends, as you confess in this edition of #SemFiltro.
Talk goes, talk comes, they revealed situations of the most embarrassing or curious that have passed. But always funny and accompanied by good laughs.
She had, for example, the mother who took her daughter to celebrate her 15th birthday at Disney and, still at the Brazilian airport, went after the camera for the camera – yes, that story is from that time. It turns out the hours have passed, the boarding is approaching and nothing comes back …
And embarrassing situations over the phone? In a foreign country with different languages and expressions that we are not used to, any simple phone call becomes a big challenge. Or even a great offense.
Speaking in another language, there were people in this conversation who got involved with the language and it took a year to understand what a three-year-old tried to tell her.
In addition to language mismatches, clash of cultures also yields good stories. One of those told in this video mixes Brazilian and Chinese culture and habits and even from Indonesia. Many nationalities and traditions mixed. A real madness and source of misunderstandings.
Want to know what happens and how do these stories end? Give play and get ready for a few minutes of fun and entertaining with the stories of Torrego and friends.
And as we could see in this chat, travel, vacation and meeting different cultures and peoples always yield good stories to tell. This is because, when we travel, we try to find out more about the places, sights, where we sleep and what to eat. But we do not always tell ourselves enough about the habits of the place where we will be for a few days. And it’s always worth going after it – whether out of curiosity or education (to avoid gestures or words that might offend).
We bring here some curiosities of other people. Good to know and also jot down to get away from skirts fair when it comes time to visit these places.
_In Thailand, eating insects is super normal. You do not need to get into the wave, but you should not twist your nose because it’s tradition between them. Still at the Thai table, remember to never put the fork in your mouth. We explain: as there the dishes already come with the chopped food, they are served only with fork and spoon, without knives. The fork serves as an auxiliary to put the food in the spoon and that yes it should go to the mouth.
_In India, eating beef is a crime – but a real crime. There this animal is sacred and tasting a steak is prison in certain, and the condemnation may be even longer than that of a rapist.
In Saudi Arabia women have a number of disabilities and must follow various rules of behavior and dress. But it does not always have logic that we can understand, for example: they can not drive cars – but they can fly planes …
“In Singapore, when people need, for some reason, to reserve their seats, they wear tissues. And everyone understands the message and they respect! Scarf in plain sight? Do not even think about sitting down, move on to the next available place.
_In the Arab countries, most people eat with the right hand, even the left-handed. And the explanation is pure hygiene. This is because the left hand is considered impure and is used only for personal hygiene and could contaminate food if used at meals.
“Eating among Chinese is a real sound experience. They are super noisy at the table both chewing as noises in general, like burping. And, unlike Brazilian culture, this is a sign of education and a way of showing the owner that the food was really good.
Are you going to drink vodka in Russia? Take a deep breath and drink the dose in one gulp, as leaving the glass full after the toast is uneducated.
_In Iran there is a somewhat contradictory habit. Considered an extremely genteel people (and this kindness is called taarof), this gesture is commonly noticed in the trade, because some shopkeepers simply refuse payment of some customers by pure gentleness. On the other hand, the customer should thank, but refuse and never leave without paying, even if it has been offered.
_In Australia it is normal to find people walking barefoot through the streets, the shopping malls, around. The Australian people love to walk barefoot and do not mind going on like this.
If you are in China, Japan and other Asian countries, laugh and smile, but hold happiness and avoid showing your teeth as this is considered rude. Have you noticed how women usually cover their mouths with their hands in these situations?
_Gestos that seem simple and universal can also deceive us. Shaking your head up and down means yes, right? Ledo mistake. In Bulgaria, Albania and Macedonia this gesture is used to not. So moving your head from right to left naturally means “yes”, contrary to what we are accustomed to.
Do you need to write anything in Korea? Avoid red pens, especially if it is to write down the names of people, because this color is only used for the name of those who have died.
_ In North Korea, pictures of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, former leaders of the country, usually decorate the houses. And you have to be careful when it comes to moving around the environment, because tradition tells you never to turn your back on leaders, not even photos in the house.
_If you are celebrating in Hungary, avoid freebies. If for us this gesture is celebration and joy, there is considered rude and lack of education. That’s because in the Hungarian Revolution, in 1848, 13 generals were executed by Austrians, who celebrated toasting. Did you understand the offense?
And in Ireland, do not even think about turning down a drink. When you offer a drink, accept it even if you do not feel like it, otherwise the person will feel offended.
_ In Turkey making the sign of figa with the fingers is the same as showing the middle finger for us Brazilians.
These are just some of the cultural curiosities that exist in the world. And you, have you lived and discovered interesting stories out there?