It’s never wise to go to a foreign country, where you’re unfamiliar with local mores and customs, and then blame someone else for transgressing. You don’t bring a little piece of America with you. You’re on their turf. I spent years in international business, and this was one of the basic tenets. Learn about the people you’re visiting and don’t assume that your values hold any weight at all in their environment. You might notice, for example, that women are never seen alone in such places.

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