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Old 03-23-2014, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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1. Look right when crossing the road.

2. Don't complain about the UK. Yes, we moan a lot, but we hate it when foreigners do it, or even expats. Complaining about the UK is a privilege only Brits enjoy.

3. People are more than happy to help if you're lost, even though we look miserable. Just stop someone and ask for directions, and they will help you the best they can - or even take you to where you need to be if they're not busy.

4. Striking up a conversation with a total stranger on the bus, train or any other form of public transport is best avoided. This is a surefire way to make any Brit feel uncomfortable. Don't talk loudly, either - or at all.

5. The customer isn't always right. The customer should shut up and accept whatever service they receive. Don't make a scene. So what if a clumsy waitress spilled hot soup on your lap? Just forget about it. In fact, you should apologise for being in her way.

6. Be polite. Say 'please' and 'thank you'.

7. When meeting someone for the first time, shake hands. Don't hug or kiss them, especially in formal situations.

8. Don't stare at people. Don't make eye contact. Just keep your head down. Looking at someone in the eyes is an invitation for them to kill you.

9. Be prepared to queue for everything. Do not push in front. Do not barge your way to the front of the queue. Go to the back and wait.

10. Take your hat off indoors.

11. Don't talk about immigration or the EU. Just don't.

In Leeds:

1. You're probably lost, or looking for Leeds Castle. Leeds Castle is in Kent, near London. Get on a train and leave immediately.

This list may or may not be serious.

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Old 03-23-2014, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Europe
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For Spain...

1. Try to be kind and look at people's eyes (or at least face) when you talk to them.

2. If someone gives you 2 kisses the first time you meet, NEVER refuse it, it's very rudeee.

3. For tourists: if you want to know the old cities and not just sun tourism, (inner areas) please choose Spring or Autumn (or even winter) the weather in the centre is really hot in summer. We are told every year to avoid the street if possible in the mid hours of the day.

4. There are more areas in the country apart from Costa del Sol and Ibiza. The best beaches are actually in the north, but the weather is not the best.

5. Be careful with your bag into the crowds, especially in the subway or that kind of places. There are sometimes foreign bands of pickpockets.

6. Do not do balconning, it's stupid!!!!

7. Speak a bit of Spanish, at least the basic words or sentences, people don't usually speak English (except workers on tourist areas) the rest of them don't need to, so take it easy.

8. When getting into the train, or into a lift, or a place with a small door, please wait until people come out until you get into.

9. Never take shoes off in another home without someone asking you to do it, it's rude.

10. Hats or caps off indoors.

11. If you see something weird or old fashioned do no pretend it is because of Franco legacy... nowadays most of people are completely alien from that years. The country has changed.

12. Avoid politics and territorial nacionalism in your conversations, opiniones are very disparate and you never know if someone is obsessed with national identities or politics (unfortunately some people are)

13. Make your bed!!!! It is very rude and untidy to sleep in someone's house and leave your bed undone. Why do some foreigners never make their beds?

14. Do not get angry if someone speaks up to you, it's always like that and it's natural.

15. Don't raise your middle finger here either.

16. When someone says Hola or Buenos días/tardes to you, PLEASE say it back even if you don't know that person.

17. Don't be surprised if you see people walking, working, running, or just awake after lunch, only 10% of Spaniards make siesta.

18. If you want water with gas or sparkly, specify... otherwise you will get normal mineral water.

19. Our fool's day is 28 December, so if you make a joke on the 1st of April people will be surprised loool.

20. There are paella in the whole country, but Flamenco is mostly danced in the south.

21. If someone who is unknown starts a conversation don't be surprised, it's natural, especially among old people.

22. Don't say Spaniards are lazy... nowadays is a bad topic, this person had probably been working the last 10 hours.

23. Caviar is expensive here, lunches a bit as well, petrol is more or less cheap.

24. For good seafood and fabes go to the north, especially the octopus, for farm animal meat go to the centre, and for pescaito frito the south!
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Old 03-23-2014, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Finland
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I didn't know how many weirdos Finland/Helsinki had until the point where we bought some booze at the supermarket in that underpass. Late afternoon/evening... Holy cow...
The weirdos are usually just... well, weirdos, but alcoholics and junkies may be aggressive and some hooligan gangs can harass you, but the Kaisaniemi park is definitely a place where there's a real chance of being mugged or raped. The park, the Railway Station area and the Kamppi Shopping center vicinity are according to the police maybe the most dangerous areas in Finland.
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Old 03-23-2014, 11:20 AM
 
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For Spain...
More:
-People have luch between 2 and 3 pm and dinner between 9:30 pm and 12 am, only overpriced turistic places serve food before that time. Don't expect go to a decent restaurant for dinner at 8 pm because are not open, and if they are, are empty.

-At night, people usually go out to drink at 1 am. Bars don't start to get crowded until 3 am, and clubs until 4 or 5 am. Most bars are not even open at midnight.

-If you do not want attract much attention on the street, do not wear summer clothes (flip flops, shorts or short-sleeved shirts) until it's hot, and with hot I don't mean 25C. And no, 25C it's not warm enough to go to the beach.

-Mexican sombreros are from Mexico, not Spain, don't go to a souvenir store asking for them, and if you've been able to buy one, do not to wear it on the street.


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20. There are paella in the whole country
That is highly debatable.
What is made ​​out of Valencia is rice with things, not paella. The only places outside Valencia where you can eat a real paella are some parts of Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and Murcia.
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Old 03-23-2014, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Old 03-23-2014, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Europe
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-If you do not want attract much attention on the street, do not wear summer clothes (flip flops, shorts or short-sleeved shirts) until it's hot, and with hot I don't mean 25C. And no, 25C it's not warm enough to go to the beach.


That is highly debatable.
What is made ​​out of Valencia is rice with things, not paella. The only places outside Valencia where you can eat a real paella are some parts of Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and Murcia.
Oh another one, you made me remember something:

- If you wear flop flops, or open summer shoes like sandals DO NOT USE SOCKS, please... people find it really tacky and it if the first guiri sign.

About the "rice with things" it is extremely yummy delicious anyway whatever is the name ñammm!!!! Regarding comments I've heard sometimes even better than Valencia one. I will have to prove it. (now I am hungry after writing this)
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Old 03-23-2014, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Finland
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- If you wear flop flops, or open summer shoes like sandals DO NOT USE SOCKS, please... people find it really tacky and it if the first guiri sign.
Yes, please don't! Socks with sandals and white socks in general are banned west of the Dnepr.
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Old 03-23-2014, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Finland
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If the natives don't seem to understand you just speak louder, that always works.
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Old 03-23-2014, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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If the natives don't seem to understand you just speak louder, that always works.
Don't forget to wave your arms wildly as well.

I have encountered people who only speak english insisting a local in a non-english speaking country know how to speak english and is just being rude.
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Old 03-23-2014, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Finland
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Don't forget to wave your arms wildly as well.

I have encountered people who only speak english insisting a local in a non-english speaking country know how to speak english and is just being rude.
Its a little known fact that everyone speaks English but they just pretend not to to annoy tourists
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