Over the last years, I have travelled quite a bit, and through visiting different places in the world, it is interesting to observe how different people from different places react so differently to difference. 🙂 It is interesting to observe cultural differences by observing yourself in different places. It gives another understanding of how people treat people in a particular cultures.
Indonesia is one of the countries that has a special place in my heart, not only for the reason that my family past has strong ties to the archipelago, especially Sumatra.
What I love about this place is that most Indonesians have a special honest curiosity to them and question me almost immediately what I have on my face when we meet. Sometimes it is very direct, but most of the time I get questions with a curious big smile. I tell them and then often the person shrugs the shoulders and say something about that its beautiful and that it is just part of life. Compared to Holland, where I am from, I experience way more often the directness behind my back, when you pass people and they talk about you.
The Dutch are known for their directness, but I experience honest directness much more in for instance Indonesia. It happens rarely that I get a direct question of a Dutch person. I feel that Dutch people are open, but not when it becomes uncomforable. So Dutchies, let’s try and become comfortable with the uncomforable and dare to ask if you honestly have an interest in knowing!