As I write this, I have just finished my first class of the day, having been gently, but firmly, told that I did a cultural faux pas. What else is new? The reason why it came up in class was because I was telling my teacher about something that happened on the evening I was heading up to Chiang Mai a few weeks ago. What I would do in Canada is not necessarily okay here and in this case it was quite impolite. At the time the faux pas occurred, I had thought that it might not be the right thing to do but… without going into details… it was a more convenient and comfortable solution for me. Yeah, I know – pretty selfish to think of my comfort and convenience. Time and time again I’m reminded how I need to change in so many areas of my life – what a struggle though.
So I left my class very humbled and embarrassed. It’s actually really good that my teacher told me what I did was wrong. In many ways that was very un-Thai of her but I think because she’s a Christian and she knows that I need to learn about Thai culture, she politely told me what I should’ve done – what I should do in the future, should a similar situation arise.