Since coming back to Australia after my wonderful trip to Nepal, I’ve noticed I’m doing a few things the NEPALI way.
I have not consciously made these changes, they’ve just happened!!!!
They are not big things but still it’s interesting how easy it is to pick up another culture’s little idiosyncrasies when you spend a lot of time with Nepali people.
It’s common in most relationships for a husband/wife to pick up certain ways of doing things that they’ve never done before and unconsciously inherit it from their partner’s behaviour.
But these things I’m doing are really cultural behaviours that most Nepalis do, not just Rabindra’s way of doing things.
Here’s a quick list of my new Nepali habits:
- Making tea/coffee the Nepali way on the stove with milk/water. (Not by boiling a kettle then adding milk – the way I have made tea my whole life).
- Wearing chappals around the house –oh my gosh!
- Washing up dishes the Nepali way which means not letting plates drip-dry with dishwashing detergent on them!
- Changed the way I speak to people older than me- give them more respect (this is an especially nice one).
- Occasionally eating dinner with my hands!! Yes, oh my gosh again!!
- Turning upside-down shoes over in the right position facing upwards. I don’t like the thought that it could bring bad luck.
- Not touching things with my feet.
- AND THE BIG ONE- nodding/swinging my head to the side to indicate yes/OK!! What is with that?? I did this at work the other day and I thought to myself- Casey- you are not Nepali!!
Are you in a cross-cultural relationship where you have picked up parts of your other half’s culture? What type of new behaviours have you picked up?
If you’re not in a cross-cultural relationship, what little things have you picked up from your partner’s behaviour that you now do yourself? (For me, one of these things is tapping my feet in bed, Rabindra does it all the time and now I do it).
I’d be interested to know how little things in your daily life have been influenced by your partner!
Please share your experiences here.