Running the gauntlet

Reading this article in the local newspaper a few months back reminded us of what we wrote about participating in local festivals (here). This one though was about the annual San Fermin festival in Pamplona, you know the one where folks try to front run raging bulls… But today we are penning a “philosophical” piece and not how to dodge an angry bull (hint wearing red underwear does not work). Heheh.

Really? You inquire.

Yes. Today we are in a serious mood (pss… we are actually in Jerusalem now heheh). We want to remind you that even as you venture into another country and/or culture, it is important to be cognizant of what actions may be construed as disrespectful.

Oftentimes we have heard folks complain while they are on a journey. These gripes can be about the weather, the food, the locals. For goodness sake if this is all that one can think about, then why bother to get there in the first place? Remember we are visiting guests and therefore it is we that have to conscious of local customs + get used to the weather or crowds and food/smell. Not the other way around.

It is thus a sad state of affairs to read of increased cases of bad behaviour on planes, anti-social behaviour at attraction sites, vandalism and so on. And it seems that this is a trend, because simply the number of folks on the road have increased exponentially. You might agree that statistically the probability of occurrence increases with volume…

Being a good traveller helps everyone to have a wonderful experience. What do you think?

P.S: Merry Christmas everyone and have a Silent and Holy night!

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

4 thoughts on “Running the gauntlet”

  1. Beyond observing basic acts of public decency, I think the line between disrespecting another country’s customs can become a lot fuzzier when it comes to differences in means of public expression and what constitute civil rights. For example, it might be okay to display your national flag prominently from your home in your own country, but not in another where it could be seen as disrespectful. Often, it’s not an easy issue to resolve.

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    1. Tha is true. And that’s why being mindful and asking will do wonders to clear up any misunderstanding or prevent one. It will not be an easy task, so who said traveling is just about sightseeing? Heheh… its time to learn the local mores and social context, eat local food etc… much more in a journey than the pictures we take!

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