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what did you not "get " until you got there?

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This comes out of the "culture shock" thread. But isn't as deep. What, blindingly obvious, thing did you not realise until you got to the country/place? Here are a few of mine.

1) The Eiffel Tower is very big. Very, Very big. I was aware of this in a general sense, but until I actually saw it and how it dominates the Paris skyline I never really understood how big it was.

2) Ditto american skyscrapers.

3) And the Grand Canyon.

4) Spanish people like bullfighting. It's not for tourists and is followed fanatically. I always assumed it was a subsidiary of the placemat industry.

5) Turkish people smoke turkish tobacco. A lot. And thay have a choice. They drink turkish coffee too, without being made to.

6)The tropics are hot and "rainy season" means it will rain on you. A lot.

7) In Cuba they really do drive old american cars.

8) Thai people like thai pop music.

I realise that I am spectacularly dense about these things. Is it just me?

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