Last month I took my first trip out of the country. And let’s just say, my eyes have been opened. I have known for a long time that we are the only country not using the metric system. But did you know that most other countries’ calendars start their week on Monday instead of Sunday.Did you know that most countries use what we’d call military time, meaning our one o’clock would be 1300. Today we are going to look at some other differences.
- In Mexico, it is not only rude, but it is also illegal to ugly words in public places. It is also illegal to have any kind of artistic display of nudity
- I know that a lot of countries around drink alcohol quite a bit, letting their teenagers drink even. But apparently, that’s not the case in the United Arab Emirates. You are not allowed to get drunk in public. And in Saudi Arabia, alcohol is prohibited.
- Germany, you would imagine they would look at things pretty much like we do, right? You are not allowed to stop on the Autoban is strictly prohibited. Cycling while under the influence is also illegal. Police might take away your driver’s license for that.
- We Americans are able to say whatever we want about whoever we want, even those in politics. But that is not the case in Thailand. You can not criticize their monarchy. Doing so in public could land you in prison, anywhere between three and fifteen years. Littering is also taken very seriously in this country.
If you have traveled outside of this country, I would love to know your thoughts about the differences you found in the other places around the world.