The Hillsdale group visited a region in southeastern Turkey that you can’t even visit these days. We stopped at a small-town supermarket for lunch. We sat down on the store’s front steps to eat. When the manager came out, I thought he was going to shoo us off his property, but he simply asked, “Tea?” He returned with hot tea for everyone, counted heads, and returned with more.
Fireworks are a big deal in China, especially around Chinese New Year. However, since the population density is so great, people have to get very creative with their pyrotechnics. I have seen them set off in the middle of the street during a Chinese New Year party and even watched some fireworks explode very nearby while taking off in an airplane.
Definitely different beliefs about the way food impacts health. When I got sick in China, my host mom scolded me for drinking a smoothie while eating spicy food and told me the combination of cold and hot foods caused my fever. I’ve worked at a Taiwanese restaurant for seven years, and before we snack on watermelon during breaks, my boss asks me if I’m pregnant and reminds me that watermelon causes miscarriages.