The first evening I was at my exchange partner’s house I learned about something different from my culture.
I was unpacking my luggage and once I took out my bathrobe from the suitcase, I asked my host friend where I could hang it. She looked at my robe as if she had never seen one in her life so I told her what it was and why I had it.
In reply she told me that their habit was to use towels for the same purpose I used the bathrobe.
LEARNING POINT: Modern life can differentiate simple common habits!
- Why did my exchange partner behave the way she did?
a- Stores in Vic don’t sell bathrobes.
b- My host friend finds it unpractical to dry herself using a bathrobe.
c- Bathrobes cost more than towels.
- What attitude appeared to be important in Catalan society based on my friend’s reaction?
a- In Catalonia, people are not interested in other cultures’ way of living.
b- In Catalonia, women don’t use bathrobes. These are only reserved to men.
c- In Catalonia, young people consider unpractical to use such items to dry themselves after the shower.