Culture sharing

One of my favorite things about being an expat worker is that you often work with other expats from all around the world. The diversity is quite incredible!  It isn’t uncommon to see people from 10 or more nationalities working together. When we come together, we are able to share experiences and culture. On the days we are in the office but don’t have students our Desi co-workers are kind enough to give us “henna” or “mehendi.” Henna/Mehendi is a reddish/brown dye made out of leaves that is used to to decorate the skin (most commonly hands and arms) with intricate and beautiful designs. You see this in the Arabic culture and, more commonly, in the South Asian culture. When western expats want to give themselves henna they often use a stencil. When someone from Southeast Asia does henna, they are often able to make gorgeous designs in a very short amount of time. I really want to thank them for sharing their culture and their time with me, and thank them for educating me about their countries.

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