Thailand is for mushroom lovers…
In the supermarket nearby there is a huge stand devoted to what must be the most types of mushrooms I’ve ever seen in one place.
This post is dedicated to my mycophliac friends, Kjersten and Meghan back home!
Come to Thailand, it’s full of mushrooms!
No, no I do not.
Apparently Thailand is still in the 90’s where denim on top is cool…
Truth in advertising
There are arcades smattered around the malls. It’s wonderful how game designers here take such care to make such thoughtful titles that leave no mystery as to what the game is about.
Here is a loving father taking the time out of his day to spend some quality time with his daughter.
Hmm, can’t quite read the name of the game, let’s take a closer look:
Wow! Well at least you know exactly what your’e going to get from this game!
Here’s another one that is brutally honest:
This, however, I have no idea…
japanimals: cats, chicken
The closer we physically approach Japan, the crazier things we find in toy and stationary stores.
I did an experiment
One day I didn’t cover myself in DEET to see if it was the DEET that kept me mosquito bite free or somehow mosquitos didn’t love me any more and I went outside for 15 minutes.
It was the DEET.
So since Jason and I don’t really talk to anyone besides each other and people speaking English as a second language, we have picked up some of the mannerisms we see often.
One is the ubiquitous Indian head wobble. We have all seen it on shows such as “Outsourced” and much fun seems to be made about it, but it is not really exaggerated at all. At least in Delhi, the wobble is ubiquitous and can mean anything. We were hoping to skip all the wondering and cut right to the heart of the matter by asking Chetana, a native Indian, what the wobble meant, but she said “that is your challenge to find out.” As if there wasn’t enough to figure out in India.
It seems there are different degrees of wobble. A slight, quick tilt of the head, a slight, long tilt, a single wobble, and multiple wobbles are all valid and mean different things depending on the context.
Most times a slight tilt takes the place of a verbal “thank you” or “you’re welcome” and I think the more and longer the head tilts the more they are thankful or…welcome-ed.
Sometimes a sideways tilt also means yes, like a sideways nod. In fact, I don’t think they ever nod forwards. I don’t recall ever seeing it mean “no” either.
The meaning of longer wobbles is more difficult to pin down. So far as we have figured out, it often means they want to answer you with a response they know you don’t want to hear. For example, in Agra I offered the tour guide and driver a piece of my favorite Orbits gum. They had never had it before and the guide liked it. He asked the driver if he also liked it and the driver did not say no, but wobbled his head in a way that we knew meant he did not like it.
It can also mean something like “sometimes” or “moderately”, depending on what the question is.
Here is another account of the wobble and some other gestures we haven’t learned yet.
What we have learned
Basically, in India, if you say or think any thing that you could put “I would assume…” before, you are wrong.
Examples: Since it’s cold in the mountains, hotels would be heated.
The rickshaw shouldn’t be more than 50 rupees.
The bus ride is only thirty minutes.how much could go wrong?
RE: the bus ride: WE SHALL SEE