Things I’ve learned so far…
A list of lessons learned, updated whenever they hit.
- Indian movies often have very little plot during the first and last five minutes. This is because many Indian movie-goers arrive late, and most start leaving the theater a few minutes before the credits. This fact was confirmed in the last few chapters of Maximum
City, a captivating book about modern Bombay.
- At the movie theater they play a rousing but melodramatic salute to the King, showcasing his good deeds, scholarship, musical prowess and beautiful landscapes he watches over. [Thailand]
- While caucasians come to tropical places to tan, locals put whitening chemicals in most skin products [Thailand, Cambodia].
- Just because a Thai person is wearing a yellow uniform-like top, it doesn’t mean they work there. There is a sort of national uniform top people wear by default. [Thailand]
- Thais over-sweeten everything, even when you ask for no sugar [Thailand]
- America is sorely lacking street food, especially at night [Thailand, Vietnam]
- Buckets are fun, but evil [Thailand]
- Dogs in restaurants are a good thing (file under the US has too many rules) [Thailand]
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate [Thailand]
- Check found coconuts for dirt, insects, etc. before cracking open and drinking [Hawai’i]
- Shoes are overrated [Thailand]
- Bring water on overnight trains, since they sell out and all that is left is beer and cola [Thailand]