The different ways different cultures do things always intrigues me. Sometimes it’s the little variations in practices or appearances that stay with me more than the famous touristy scenes from a country. But I also am always a bit reluctant to talk about the differences lest it seem I am deprecating a country or denigrating its culture. There are just different ways of doing things and one is not right and the other wrong. Their ways are just different from my ways and are not wrong. Here are some cultural characteristics I encountered this past week staying at a hotel in Koh Kong in southern Cambodia during our staff meeting.
Like most hotels, this hotel had a peephole in the door to allow the guest to see who is outside the door. In this room, though, it was plugged with toilet paper. Was it broken? Was it allowing an annoying light to come in? Who knows. If it was broken, it wasn’t worth spending money to fix it.