However as Mark Twain said in Innocents Abroad
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
It’s easy to believe that the way it’s done in your little corner of the world is best if that’s the only way you see things done.
We’re living in our fifth country as a couple and T also spent time living in Greece in college and I can safely say that we’ve seen many things done in ways we will never understand and I don’t think you could ever convince me is the right way but we’ve also seen so many things done better.
I’ve mentioned in previous posts our regular use of public transportation in Bangkok. Posted throughout the trains and announced regularly is the message to give up your set for elderly, pregnant women, and children. I can’t imagine this working on any public transportation system outside of Asia, correct me if I’m wrong, but I regularly see people offer their seats to other travelers in those categories.
It really impresses me. Especially since they also tell travelers to move in away from the door and yet they all still seem to clot in the areas right by the door, even when there is plenty of space farther in.
If your ever feeling smug about where you live remember in Thailand they are still willing to give up their seat for others who might need it more. I just hope I’m not mistaken old lady any time soon.