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Eating Mexican Food in Poland

Location: Poland
Camera info: Canon Rebel 350D • lens 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
ISO 800 • f 8 • 1/100 sec

Yum, doesn’t this picture make you hungry? Or are you just admiring the culinary artwork?

Our group was lucky (or brave) enough to have dinner at a Mexican restaurant when we were in Poland. We were sitting at a long table outside so we could enjoy the weather. It was quite the experience! Along with the decorated food, we had a few good laughs as well. Two of our guys ordered fajitas. Apparently, these are not very common in Poland, because they were served along with written instructions on how to prepare them! That wasn’t all. They also came with bibs! Our server, who knew a little English, explained this by telling us “Fajitas are dirty.” 🙂

Earlier in the trip, we started a running gag at every restaurant we went to. We picked one member of our group, Kelli, and told every restaurant, every day, that it was her birthday. We just wanted to see what would happen! 😉 At this restaurant, most of the servers were dressed in skimpy outfits resembling Spanish dancers from the “Wild Wild West” era. All of a sudden, we heard what sounded like gun shots. A man came running out of the building dressed in all black, with a face mask and cape, and firing a cap gun into the air. Scaring the waitresses, he ran over to Kelli and dropped a cake slice with a candle at her place. Then he took off running again, back into the restaurant. Once we overcame our shock, we laughed pretty hard at that one!

I guess this is what the Polish think Mexico (and likely Texas as well) is really like! LOL

How do your international friends see other cultures, even ours?

Child’s Play

Location: India
Camera Info: Fuji Finepix A303 • Automatic Point & Shoot
ISO 100 • f 2.8 • 1/85 sec

Pattycake, pattycake, baker’s man…” Who knew that when our group hung out with street kids in India, that this game would be so popular? The girls especially were lining up to play a round of pattycake with us. While the kids here didn’t sing the same rhyme we did, they still knew the game. I’ve also found similar clapping games in other countries I’ve traveled to.

I’m amazed at how some things can travel cross-culturally so easily! For example:

  • Soccer is played throughout most of the world. All kids need is a ball and enough people to form a team.
  • “Rock, Paper, Scissors” is used in many kinds of decision-making in Japan, and kids in Somalia play Semut, Orang, Gajah (Ant, Man, Elephant).
  • India has a game that’s similar to capture the flag (or the first round of dodgeball, depending on how you play), called “dog and bone.”
  • In Japan, the kids loved to play “Duck, Duck, Goose” with our group. Chile has a version of this game as well, played with a handkerchief.
  • Most cultures have some form of Tag, but Pakistan puts a fun twist on it by designating safe zones on the ground or above it (“The floor is lava!”).
  • Kids in Korea play jacks, using small stones instead.
  • In the USA, we have marbles and cornhole. In Israel, they have Gogo’Im (apricot seeds).
  • There are also many more, including jump rope and hide-and-seek.

Have you ever played games with kids from other countries? What was the same or different?