Cross-cultural awareness is an important field of study nowadays, particularly in training of specialists for international trade. Obvious differences (currency, tipping, driving on the left, bank opening hours) are fairly simple to get used to. Some other differences are more subtle, and you may not notice them at all unless they are pointed out to you.
Casual or unintentional rudeness is often a result of ignorance of cultural norms abroad. As a British person who has lived in Catalonia for many years (mostly in Osona, but also in Barcelona), I have often experienced moments of minor friction through non-correspondence or misinterpretation of my own and others’ behaviour. Please note that the evidence I have for these observations is purely anecdotal.
How to be rude in Catalonia
Here are some things that Catalans have a problem with, and which are complicated for British people. Continue reading