My friend posted this list on Facebook from Scoop Empire. There are some things on here that foreigners will never get about any country (stacking a huge amount of things on a tiny car), and some things that are unique to the Middle East. Can you think of anything other things you’ll never understand? Add it in the comments below.
11 Things Foreigners Will Never Get About the Middle East
2. That a “3 pm meeting” actually means waiting from 3 til 6 for the person to show up.
Eventually, you just gotta learn to enjoy. (Via)
3. All the touchiness, greeting with kisses – how many times is it, anyways? Two or three? – and why no one ever respects personal space – it really just doesn’t exist.
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Some signs and signals are just universal. A smile breaks down language barriers faster than anything I know, and the middle finger is pretty well known around the globe. However, I think my favorite universal signal is the potty dance. You know, the move that says “I have to pee so bad I don’t know if I’ll make it through the next two minutes without some relief.” That move knows no boundaries!
In a small restaurant/cafe in Nasr City the other night the signs on the bathroom doors had me laughing out loud.
Sign on the door of the women’s restroom.
Sign on the men’s room door.
Although, there’s no match for the advertisements inside the women’s restroom:
Don’t take life sitting down.
There’s a brochure!
These ads are for an FUD (Female Urination Device) that allows women to pee standing up. The brochure had some great information, including the website: www.go-girl.com.
I’ve always thought that snake oil only existed in stories from the Wild West. Salesmen roaming from town to town selling a miracle cure made from strange ingredients. They always turned out to be fake, and a waste of money, right?
Well, now available at my local Carrefour: Snake Oil Hair Serum
Snake Oil for Sale
Only 43.95 Egyptian Pounds!
Get yours now, while supplies last!