E IS FOR ETIQUETTE
Etiquette is a tricky thing, I’ve learned.
Being from a “western” English speaking country I thought the etiquette I learned in Canada would transfer to many other places. Unfortunately, there are even places in Canada where I’ve made faux pas.
I learned that there are places in the world where asking about family history is a faux pas, and on the other hand there are certain things I don’t want people asking me because I think it’s rude. There’s also a way to conduct yourself: in Northern Ireland you can’t just wave to kids playing in the street, apparently you can get yourself killed. In Turkey, anything more than holding hands between couples is severely frowned upon.
You can’t be too careful about what you say and do, apparently, because there are places in this world not nearly as forgiving.