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    The pot calling the kettle black
    While I stayed at a hotel in Nepal, I met a nice American girl. We started chatting and soon became friends. One day we were having dinner and watching a movie in the hotel's restaurant. Many of the hotel's Nepali employees also wanted to see the movie, so they were standing right behind us with cups of tea in hand. As often happens in Asia, they drank their tea out loud. My American friend found ...
    Vagina hunting in Mozambique - A linguistic faux pas
    A few months ago I was talking with two of my Mozambican neighbors and the subject turned to the topic of a recent rat infestation in our housing compound. Excitedly I mentioned how I was on a killing spree and had caught seven rats (with a trap) in the last few weeks. Basically translated in Portuguese, I said: “Eu já mataram sete ratas na minha casa.”I instantly knew I had made a faux pas becaus...
    "Are you the manager here?"
    Last year I had the opportunity to work at an international luxury hotel in China. I worked in a restaurant of the hotel which had two enormous glass walk-in wine cases. As the wine bottles had been taken out and put back in quite often, they were no longer perfectly arranged by country, brand, red/white, etc, which made finding the exact bottle for a guest time-consuming. I offered to the restaur...