3.11.08

Going native

Street game in Hoi An

I'm not deliberately trying to be more Vietnamese, but I've started to:
  • Politely touch my left hand to my right forearm when presenting business cards or other things to a Vietnamese person.
  • Look for fish sauce before tucking into any Vietnamese meal.
  • Need a cup of Vietnamese green tea to round off a meal.
  • Wear my slippers/flipflops everywhere.
  • Ride pillion on a motorbike without holding onto anything.
On the flip side, I've also had to buy and wear my first tourist T-shirt. In my own defence, it's a cheap replacement for one of my shirts that's sprung a hole. But still: it's got a dragon and the word "Vietnam" embroidered in gold thread on the front.

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