Cultured International Traveler
Quiz: Are You a Cultured International Traveler?
By Nicole Anderson
Foreign etiquette is key to a sophisticated traveler. How much do you know about the different cultures encountered in international travel?
Q: When in North Africa or the Middle East what hand do you use to eat traditional meals?
A: The right hand only. At traditional meals, the left hand is not used for eating.
Q: In North Africa or the Middle East what part of your body do you not face toward another person?
A: In some parts it is considered rude to face the soles of one?ôs feet toward other people.
Q: What do you ask in a restaurant in Europe to see if they have already included the tip?
A: Is service included? The tricky part is when a patron asks the waiter if the tip is included in the total and the waiter will say "no". That's because it's true, there is no tip so he will say "no". You don't ask if the "tip" is included-ask instead if "service" is included. If you see "Service compris" on the menu, it means that the tip is included.
Q: In Moscow, what should you not do with your hands?
A: Don't put your thumb between your first two fingers. It is a very rude gesture.
Q: How many drinks are too many in Moscow?
A: There is no such thing as too many. You should accept all alcohol and food that is offered to you when visiting friends, even if it is a lot. Refusing a drink or a toast is very poor etiquette. An open bottle must often be finished. You may end up drinking quite a bit.