I am not the perfect tourist. No one is. But when I visit a new country, I do my best to read up about it ahead of time - both to get a feel for the trials and tribulations that made it what it is today, and to make sure that I am not going to do something so socially inconsiderate that I will grossly offend the locals. In countries such as Thailand and Bali (as well as many others), it is close to impossible to cover all your bases. The cultures in both such countries are so intricate and complex that you are bound to make one mistake or another. In Bali, for example, standing with your hands on your hips is a sign of aggression. It also happens to be a fairly comfortable way to stand when you're waiting around, so I caught myself more than once hastily dropping my hands to my sides when I saw someone eyeing me warily.

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