People are people

It is –30 degrees (Celsius) right now, and the radio said it will get colder tonight. I am still using my fall jacket, as I have not had time to repair my heavy winter coat. I nearly froze out there when Maya and I went to our Altai lesson after lunch.

 

During the Altai lesson, the instructor digressed a bit about culture. She said that Altai people are much more reserved with their affections and emotions compared to the Russian people (she is Altaian). She shared a few real-life examples that illustrated how stoic and unemotional the Altai people are. The last story moved her so much that she began to cry. She did not catch that her show of emotion somewhat undermined her thesis. It reminded me that, while culture differences exist, people are people.

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