I have to give credit to my fellow travel-addict and friend Christie, who posted this article from Yahoo! Travel entitled “World’s Worst Cultural Mistakes” on her Facebook page. It is a great summary of a handful of cultural offenses around the globe, though I think some of them may be arguable. For example: blowing your nose in public should be offensive in ALL countries, particularly at the dinner table. I’m not sure where in the world it is a good thing to blow your nose at the table. Also “road rage” is particularly acceptable anywhere, I’m sure. Apparently “talking over dinner” is a cultural no-no in China. However, having sat through many years of my dad’s formal dinners with Chinese diplomats and United Nations colleagues, I assure you that once the Chinese wine is poured, there is absolutely no silence at the table. Still, this is a good background and guide to showing a little class and etiquette in foreign countries, and to prevent being squelched into the “ugly American” stereotype.