Thanks for your responses to the post about whistling and wearing lace--cultural differences. These issues are interesting...and I'm not feeling oppressed or repressed by them. Jiri is not demanding I refrain from these things, but I have freely chosen to not do them due to the reactions I've received from other Czechs.
You've probably heard the saying, "When in Rome, do as the Romans." When you're living in a foreign country, married to a native of that country, then adapting is required. There is some adapting that has to take place even if you and your spouse move to a foreign country together. But being married to a native makes adapting more necessary--at least as I see it. I would like to fit in better with our relatives, friends and neighbors.
Adapting doesn't mean being obliged to forget who you are or where you're from! I'm an American and always will be...can't help it or change it. But I can adapt the way I relate to the world--this is necessary--while still maintaining my personhood. This is an interesting topic, to be sure...and I really enjoyed reading all the Twitter responses and comments here about different ways to handle cultural differences!
Jiri and I got back home yesterday afternoon, and have hit the pavement running full steam ahead! I've been very busy with unpacking (one of my least favorite jobs), and trying to get caught up with emails, proofreading work, etc. I'm also busy going through all the pictures from our trip to Rome, and starting to put together the material for blog posts this week!
We had a great time in Rome, though it was a short time, we managed to hit the major sightseeing places. I'll tell you more about those this week! As my friend, Karen, says...Rome was truly awesome!
Also, thanks to all the Entrecard droppers who kept dropping while I was away! We didn't have an Internet connection while in Rome, so I'm getting caught up with Entrecard today!
That's all for now...Wednesday will be the first post about our trip--be sure to come back to hear about Rome!
Have a great day!
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