i learnt some travel etiquette quirks today!

@victorywp (3526)
Malaysia
April 14, 2010 12:31am CST
these are the things that i should be paying attention to, if i were to travel to these countries: 1) i have to use a fork and knife to eat sandwiches, fruits, and most other food in germany. i will start practicing to live and die with a fork and knife from now on. 2) in austria, i can never cut a dumpling with a knife and i have to do it by breaking it apart with my fork. sorry, i really don't mean to kill the dumpling... 3) it is acceptable and common to be 30 minutes late to social functions in southern spain, 15 minutes in northern spain, but should never be late for a bullfight in spain! wow, that really messing up my time schedules! i will try to arrange all my important appointments to be done during a bullfight then. 4) i just learnt that burping is considered extremely vulgar in italy. now that's really cool to curse others with just burps! 5) in united kingdom, must i leave a very small amount of food on my plate when finished eating? i am in a dilemma now because i heard that the food there is really delicious! 6) i must try to avoid silence because it makes the americans feel uncomfortable. sorry, i really need to sleep now and i would be disappointing you because i don't snore during my sleep... what do you think of these travel etiquette quirks? please explain to me if you are from one of these countries.
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• India
14 Apr 10
Hi, I am not able to say about single point because have never been to any of that country. I have never went out of my country india.There should be one point about india.In india when we move north to south or east to west,mentality is changed completely.so here i cannot comment on any of the facts because of my limitation.But in india if you ask someone address,he will come with you and leave you at that place if person can. That is the fact of india With Regards Ranvir Chauhan
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
15 Apr 10
yeah, if i were free and the place where the tourist asks for direction is quite near, i will bring the tourist to the exact location (instead of merely giving him/her the direction to that place).
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• India
15 Apr 10
it is very good habit. Now i came to know i am sharing my thoughts with uniq person.I thought this is the habit of one normal indian. But feel happy that you too have that habbit.That is very good habit of helping.Keep it up.
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
16 Apr 10
thanks, i also feel that is a good habit. it would give an impression to the tourist that the people in our country is friendly and helpful. one thing different is that as you said, this is the habit of one normal indian, but in our country (although i am practicing it) not much people who wants or have the time to do so.
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@salonga (27994)
• Philippines
15 Apr 10
Well of the travel etiquette I would say that of the United Kingdom is totally unacceptable to me. What is the essence of leaving a very small amount of food on my plate.? It sounds stupid and ridiculous to me. In fact I don't have the habit of leaving any amount of food in my plate. When I ordere or prepare myself any food I make sure the amount I'd put on my plate is just enough for me to finish. I don't want waste of food no matter how small it is. Food is a blessing so each particle of blessing must be fully consumed. Why waste some blessings? I think that discourage me from traveling to the United Kingdom.
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
15 Apr 10
i heard from a respondent here said that the logic might be that by cleaning your plate, a host/hostess may think that they had not prepared enough food for you to eat. but still i agree with you that food is a blessing and we should not waste any amount of blessing given to us.
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@salonga (27994)
• Philippines
15 Apr 10
What kind of logic is that. Why would I ever want the host/hostess to worry that they might that they had not prepared enough food for you. On the other hand if I were the hostess, should I found plates with leftovers I would think I'd prepared too much that guests could not longer consume all the foods I offered them, or perhaps they did not enjoy the food so they could not longer take the remaining amount, ha!ha!ha!
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
16 Apr 10
not until that extent i believe. it just says to leave a very small amount of food, so maybe just not to leave the plate completely empty. anyway that's their culture.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
16 Apr 10
If you travel in Korea do not be surprised if one of the first things people ask you is your age. The older you are the more respect you receive. Being a man is more important than a woman.
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
17 Apr 10
i do not know this one, bobmnu. thanks for the information.
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@SViswan (12072)
• India
16 Apr 10
lol..I can't explain any of these quirks. I try to be aware of such quirks when I am visiting a place....but I usually end up being ignorant of the most important ones..lol. So, I stopped bothering a long time back...as long as I'm not really being noisy and disturbing someone...I can come across as rude due to the 'quirks' I do not follow...and I'm fine with that.
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
16 Apr 10
that's funny but interesting.
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• United States
14 Apr 10
its interseting to see how different countries are from each other. i like this post and thanks for the info =]
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
15 Apr 10
thanks for your complement. i am happy to know that these information did help you.
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@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
14 Apr 10
that is interesting I must admit I had not heard of most of what you had on your list there, but that is some interesting stuff. As for us Americans here of which I am one I love silence it is nice when there isn't a lot of noise and I can actually concentrate on what I am doing, because a lot of noise gives me a headache after a while and I will actually turn a television off unlike most of my family that for some reason always has to have one on whenever they enter a room like having a little silence is a bad thing then we might actually have to communicate or talk oh my what a concept that would be.
@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
15 Apr 10
thanks for commenting, timhinyy. that means it's true that we should avoid silence if with the americans. but it seems like as an american yourself, you do not agree with such a concept?
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@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
23 Apr 10
I think somebody's yanking your chain with these alleged etiquette rules! I've worked in Germany,and never encountered anyone insisting on a full set of cutlery to eat with at all times..they might give you a cocktail stick to pick up fries with at an imbiss stand,but that'd be it,and the widespread use of fast food in most cases makes cutlery redundant..being invited for Coffee and cake is an enjoyable thing in the afternoons,but you'll only get a cake fork with that.. and There's nothing wrong with clearing your plate in the UK,either! That sounds like some genteel throwback to Me.. maybe if you're eating someplace that might have cucumber sandwiches on the menu that'd be worth a try, but for regular eating out with friends,I'd pass!
@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
23 Apr 10
i read the article somewhere and it was published at the end of march 2010. there are quite a number of travel etiguette quirks in that article too, but i just randomly chose these ones to share. some of the british respondents here said that it is true to leave a very small amount of food on your plate. so i guess maybe some of these travel etiquette quirks are not universally accepted?
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
31 Oct 11
wow..2 years already since I responded to this?
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
19 Nov 11
yeah, time flies... thank and praise God that i am still living!
@tjades (3593)
• Jamaica
14 Apr 10
Interesting quirks. Some of them I know of from Food and Nutrition class but would not remember the countries to which they are related. It has been some time. There was another we learnt (cant remember the country though) where you have to lay your knief and fork down while you chew or else the persons around the table will think you are about to attack someone.
@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
15 Apr 10
are you serious with that one? but it is very logical though. okay, i will lay down the knive and fork while chewing.
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• Israel
15 Apr 10
That's American. You are supposed to put your utensils down between bites. It's not so you don't stab people. It's to eat leaserally.
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
16 Apr 10
oh, that means while we are biting or chewing, we cannot even hold the utensils on our hands?
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@Theresaaiza (10454)
• Australia
14 Apr 10
Cool! Philippines was a colony of Spain and I think we got our Filipino time from that sort of culture. Most Filipinos are latecomers. I am actually one of those people. I always seem to have a hard time being early.
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
14 Apr 10
how about if you are going somewhere by flight? as we know, airplanes will never wait for passengers and if you are late even by 5 minutes (for whatever reasons), they can never let you in. so will this be an exceptional case for you to be early easily?
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@Theresaaiza (10454)
• Australia
15 Apr 10
Oh, many times, I almost risked being left behind because of this habit but so far I have never been left behind. I always manage to come close to cut-off time. But if you ask me if it's a common scenario here in our place where a lot of passengers get left behind their craft? Yes. Americans hate Filipino employees for this but acording to a lot of Overseas Workers, they got disciplined when they got to other countries.
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
16 Apr 10
that's really something i don't know about the philippines culture.
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@drannhh (15087)
• United States
14 Apr 10
Bizarre! I am American and do not feel uncomfortable when people are silent while eating. Sleeping is not allowed at the table, however Neither is burping, except if one is a little baby. Then it is considered cute.
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
14 Apr 10
but i thought it does not mean when we are dining (of course it does not mean when we are going to sleep either). it simply said that we should not be silent when we are with the americans. maybe when we are going out together for something? oh, baby's burping is cute! by the way, have you heard before that we should burp when we eat in UK to show appreciation? if we don't, we are offending the host?
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@drannhh (15087)
• United States
14 Apr 10
Lol, victory, I think that adults burping to show appreciation is something out of the Wild West, not anything a modern host or hostess would appreciate. It is ok to be a little quiet even when not dining here in the "states" but if someone asks a direct question or makes a direct comment, then a response is expected, if that is what you mean. If you came to my house and I asked "How are you?" then the correct response would be "Fine, Thank you!" It isn't considered polite to say, Crummy!
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
15 Apr 10
good one!
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@JAYMAR777 (840)
• Philippines
14 Apr 10
I like this, at least we know how things work in some countries, let's face it what is acceptable to some countries are the opposite to others. But really what you shared is amazing and surprising to me also. Though I have not traveled outside the country yet. But it has some points to consider. Thank you victory
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
14 Apr 10
you are from the philippines. i would like to travel there in the future. is there any special etiquette to follow in the philippines?
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• Philippines
14 Apr 10
Not much I guess. just learn to eat with your own hands, Burping may not be a taboo but better if you don't. Filipinos are very respectable, and hospitable people but very sensitive. So if they offer food to you even if you are full, just try to eat. because we have the tendency to be hurt. For us to refuse an offer is an insult (of course you can refuse but try to do it in a more subtle way if you know what I mean). You don't really worry because we have this innate nature to really please our guest. believe me. hehehe.
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
15 Apr 10
thanks for the information, JAYMAR777. that really helps me to know better.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
13 May 10
am from the US and we always talk durning a meal but not with our mouths full
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
18 May 10
yeah, surely. how can we talk with our mouth full?
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
30 Oct 11
lol we really cant VIctor the words come out wrong
@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
15 Apr 10
"sorry, i really don't mean to kill the dumpling..." ! That was really funny. I even felt sad for the murdered dumpling. But they might just taste soo good that using a knife on them might be necessary. Though, I dont knife my dumplings. I either stick them with a fork and just have small bites on it or I just eat the whole dumpling altogether. Im not a fan of knives while eating as well. I would rather use my spoon and fork to rip food apart rather than use a knife. That's just me anyways.^_^ Interesting post about international etiquette though. I have read some of the response and I guess you're research might not be 100% accurate. Still it's a fun trivia to know. Thanks for sharing!
@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
15 Apr 10
i also felt sad for the murdered dumpling because i don't know it is considered a crime to knife a dumpling. just kidding! not a big research actually. all of the information were taken from one same article that i read recently.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
15 Apr 10
That must have been a really good read then.
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@celticeagle (117268)
• Boise, Idaho
14 Apr 10
This all sounds like a bunch of hooey. The only time I would eat a sandwich with a utensils is if it is a very fancy shindig and I was expected to do so. I think it is sporting to be late for a function unless you are asked to be there at a certain time or something. Burping is inpolite in most circles. I only snore if I am very tired or sick and can't breath correctly. I am from the US!
@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
14 Apr 10
yeah, burping is inpolite in most circles. but not until the extend of being considered as extreme vulgar, right? and someone said we should burp after meal to show appreciation to the host. he said that is their culture in the UK. ps: snoring is not one of the etiquette in that article i read.
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@celticeagle (117268)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Apr 10
All these are pretty basic. I hope that our manners in this country remain as they are. I guess it is what you really get used to and are used to.
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@urbandekay (18312)
14 Apr 10
"5) in united kingdom, must i leave a very small amount of food on my plate when finished eating? i am in a dilemma now because i heard that the food there is really delicious!" No, no need to leave a small amount in UK all the best urban
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@urbandekay (18312)
14 Apr 10
I should add that in UK burping after your meal is considered to show polite appreciation of your food and you will greatly offend your host if you fail to burp all the best urban
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
14 Apr 10
it was said that we need to leave a very small amount of food in UK to show our appreciation, something like we will come back again. are you sure, urbandekay? that's a 180 degrees contrast with the italian culture? imagine if a person from UK goes to italy to eat and he burps to show his appreciation, what will the italian do to him?
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
16 Nov 10
Well as far as the one about trying to avoid silence if in the United States is true in most situations that I've ever been in my life. Even when sitting at the dinner table there is usually a conversation that is going on. I think that the reason for these kinds of conversations is because of the fact that we think that people think badly about us if there isn't something to otherwise occupy someone's mind.
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
17 Dec 10
oh, so that's the reason for it. thank you for taking time to explain to me. have a great day ahead!
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
20 Apr 10
These are useful tips. The only one I may know something about is the Italian one because that is my birth country. I suppose it is vulgar to burp over there but I would not have thought any more than any where else although is some places it is considered a compliment to the cook! Interesting post, thanks...
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
21 Apr 10
it said it is extremely vulgar to burp at italy. there are comments said that no matter what you do after that (including apologizing) would not be able to help the situation. seems like someone would have to die after burping there?
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@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
16 Apr 10
I think I'll just stay at home in America where my husband and I usually eat in silence.
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
16 Apr 10
that's great!
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@maximax8 (27410)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr 10
In my home country people usually leave a small amount of food on the plate after eating. That is showing the host that he or she hasn't provided too little an amount of food. In some countries time keeping is poor. There is a bus when it feels like turning up in Samoa. In the Caribbean they have a do it tomorrow sort of attitude. In Bulgaria nodding the head means no and shaking the head means yes. It has quite the opposite meaning in my home country. We drive on the left side of the road in my home country and all visitors to here should do the same.
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
16 Apr 10
thanks maximax8 for the additional points. in my country, we also drive on the left side of the road because we were once ruled by the british.
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• Philippines
15 Apr 10
Wow, those are interesting! I haven't heard about any of them because I've never traveled to those countries until I saw your post. Pretty interesting and absurd. Thanks for sharing your experience on travel etiquette.
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
16 Apr 10
you are welcome, EnslinPorter. just some sharing so that we know what to do and would not embarass ourselves with some unwanted actions.
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