Fun Fact: I’m from the dirty south aka Nashvegas, so I grew up with male chivalry all around. The most basic courtesy was holding doors open for other people, unfortunately that’s just not part of the culture here. I’m not saying that you have to stand there and wait five minutes for the next person to walk through. If there’s someone walking right behind you through a door, it’s just an extra second of a conscious effort to keep the door open for them, right? Nope, not here. I can’t count how many times I almost ran into/got hit by doors here. And don’t even get me started about getting cut in line and pushed out of the way by people, men and women alike, in the mad dash to get on the bus.
Tonight, I walked up to my apartment, and there was already a guy unlocking the front door. He got the door opened, stepped aside, and let me go first. I was pleasantly surprised, thanked him, and continued on my way. Coincindentally enough, he was a foreigner.
Don’t get me wrong. People are nice here and are always helpful when I play the lost tourist card. There’s just some things that’s just not part of the culture.