Life+Stuff: When in Rome
What are your feelings about this old aphorism? Should people try to act like locals when they’re in another country? Or should they retain their cultural differences with pride?
I completely support trying new things, being culturally sensitive and avoiding embarassment (and arrest) but I’m just not sure about the whole, ‘when in Rome’ thing.
Can’t we adopt the positives and discard the negatives? Is it so bad to go to Rome and order gluten-free pizza or drink soy flat whites? Or should you gird your loins, don your stretchy pants and just do what’s easy? Do you throw yourself into a new culture and start swimming fully dressed (Thailand), drinking cow’s blood directly from an artery (Tanzania) or forget about animal rights and head straight to a bullfight (Spain)? Or are you that person who orders a bread roll and sips bottled water while everyone else is downing bier and bratwurst?