People – I know that British people are perhaps not the most friendliest people but some of the people here are worse. Some don’t bother saying hello or good-bye. I have yet to hear someone say excuse me or thank you. People in the supermarket or the bus are also not very helpful. There are of course exceptions and many students are eager to talk to foreigners and meet up for a drink.
Parking – Whilst in London we have all these parking spaces and parking permits, here you have none. So a car or van will stop and park by the pavement and traffic just moves around it. Now, as you don’t have to pay for parking, there are no traffic wardens and parking fines!
Coach trip – Coaches here are good, the roads less so, rather than slow down over the speed bumps, the drivers here speed up, so you go flying off your seat! Stopping on a highway is also no problem, coaches just pull over and they even reverse out onto on going traffic.
Meat – Before coming to Vietnam, I was aware that some people here eat dog meat but after spending the weekend in Mekong Delta, I found out that people also eat rat, bird and octopus meat!
Discipline – Growing up, my parents had explained how it was common to be disciplined with a ruler or belt. Both teachers and parents hit children and it was acceptable. I wasn’t aware however, that children would still be hit in Vietnam and it is normalised. What I struggle with the most is, children being hit more if they cry, this is hard to watch and get over.