My girlfriend and I were listing things that show you’ve lived in Cambodia. We reached 110 different aspects of Cambodian life. If you’ve lived in Cambodia, check to see how many you have scored or if we have missed anything. If you don’t live in Cambodia, it might give you a humorous insight into daily life here.
Food and diet
You think the most appropriate knife for any job is the biggest meat cleaver you own.
Dinner for breakfast isn’t weird.
You’ve knowingly eaten/drank bugs because you can’t be bothered to fish it out.
You’ve knowingly eaten bugs because they were meant to be in your food.
You’ve eaten soup from a bag.
You’ve eaten the ear and rear of a pig and everything in between.
You’ve had a dessert ruined by durian contamination.
You’ve got something in your fridge people at home would never dream of keeping there.
You’ve had to explain that you’re full even though you haven’t eaten rice today.
You’ve eaten a chicken/duck that was alive when you arrived.
The variety of food available amazes you.
You only know the names of some fruits, vegetables or herbs in Khmer because you don’t have them where you live.
You’ve eaten organs of animals you didn’t even know they had.
Your order at a restaurant has been based on how many days you have available to recover if things go wrong.
You’ve judged someone for not ordering ice in their drinks.
You’ve had to drive through a herd of cows, past a truck and round children on bicycles at the same time.
You’ve seen a whole house being driven down the road.
You’ve driven through a field because it has less potholes than the road.
You don’t even blink when someone is driving directly towards you the wrong way on the sidewalk anymore.
You’ve thought, “dang it, I should’ve taken the sidewalk” when driving.
You don’t even blink when you’re down the wrong side of the road anyone.
You treat traffic lights like helpful advice.
You’ve wondered what the road markings are actually for.
You’ve driven through a tent.
You’ve had your motorbike/car blocked in by a tent.
You have been in a tuk tuk with more than 8 people.
You have been on a motorbike with more than two people.
You have carried something enormous or unwieldy on a motorbike, whilst driving.
You have fallen asleep in a tuk tuk.
A tuk tuk driver took you back to your house without you telling him where you live because he remembers you.
You don’t think it’s weird to park your car or motorbike in your living room.
You’ve transported furniture on the roof of a tuk tuk.
You’ve had someone else push your motorbike by riding theirs and putting their foot on the back footrest.
You know how difficult it is to push a motorbike with a flat.
You know how to kickstart a motorbike.
Health, hygiene and safety
You’ve woken yourself up with your own B.O.
Your tolerance of getting dust in your eye has risen 1000%.
You have stuck to multiple surfaces because of sweat or had multiple things stick to you.
You worried more about eating that salad than the piece of food you dropped on the floor.
You freak out when people drink from the taps in movies.
You’ve sprayed yourself in the mouth/eyes with DEET on at least 10 occasions (one of which was just to get rid of the taste of durian).
You’ve washed your raw chicken because you’re worried it’s been sprayed with insect repellent.
On a really hot day, you’ve gone into a shower wetter than when you came out.
You prefer cold showers over hot showers.
You’ve pulled a wet money note or receipt out of your pocket and it’s not because you’ve been near water.
You take Imodium before travelling just in case.
You wondered “is that pee or water??” while using a squatty potty.
You have slipped up on wet tiles.
You have burnt your leg on a hot exhaust at least once.
You’ve fallen off your motorbike while it stationary.
Wildlife and nature
A herd of goats or cows are outside your house and you think nothing of it.
Used a cockroach like a hockey puck.
You saw a rat in a restaurant, said “hey there’s a rat in the restaurant” and kept eating.
You have killed a rat.
You appreciate the phrase “look like a drowned rat” even more after the rainy season.
You’ve had to decide which to stand closest to: the fighting dogs or the rat in the bin.
The main reason something goes in the fridge is to keep the ants away.
You’ve frozen a bag of rice or cereal before.
You killed more than 40 mosquitoes in 10 minutes.
You had an ant/mosquito in your motorbike helmet whilst driving.
You had some animal fall on you/run over your foot/hide in your shoe.
You stepped over an escaping animal (fish/crab) in a market.
You realised it’s better to be able to see a cockroach that to have seen a cockroach than not be able to see that cockroach.
You’ve accidentally smuggled a dead animal back to your passport country in your luggage.
You’ve been chased by a dog.
You regularly think “I nearly died”.
You’ve slept on the floor during a power cut because it’s cooler than your bed.
You’ve had to wear xxl clothes because you’re in Asia
You’ve put your washing in and closed all the windows when the wind picked up.
The water ran out while you still had shampoo in your hair.
You had to change/shower again within an hour of changing/showering because you moved away from a fan.
You get up really early to do something while it is cool and realise it is already too late.
The sound of a fan turning off gives you the heebie-jeebies.
You’ve handed over too much or too little money because working out something in two currencies is too hard.
You find it strange that it’s easier to sleep in the day when it’s hot than at night when it’s hot.
You take a jumper to the mall/cafe/cinema.
You don’t want to go back to your passport country because the internet / mobile data is more expensive and not as reliable.
You got a tan / sunburnt because you stepped outside for two minutes.
You have realised that making a plan for today was the first mistake in your plan.
The tasks that take 5 minutes in your passport country take 2 hours here, but the tasks that take 2 hours in your passport country take 5 minutes here.
You’ve not been sure how high to sompeah so it looks like you’re practicing a yoga move
You’ve almost dropped everything trying to sompeah with your hands full.
You’ve done the moonwalk of shame: you entered a house with shoes on and slowly walk backwards hoping no one has noticed.
You’ve had to sit down outside a neighbours/stranger’s/friend-of-a-friend’s house because they invited you to take a seat.
You got up to do something while at someone else’s house and they almost rugby tackle you back into your chair.
You’ve just sat in a chair in the middle of a room while everyone stares/smiles at you.
Been told you look like a white celebrity you most definitely do not look like.
You’ve been told you’re fat, have a big nose and really pale in the same week (which are all compliments here).
You’ve been to the wedding of a couple you’ve never met before.
You’ve been to funeral of someone you’ve never met before.
You’ve visited the mother and new born baby within hours of them giving birth
You attempted something for two hours only for a Cambodian to do it in 2 minutes.
You had a random Cambodian save you in your moment of need.
You’ve had a Cambodian come and give you advice on keeping safe.
You’ve had a Cambodian grab you by the shoulders and move you in the right direction/away from danger.
Your Cambodia friend/house helper/colleague performs some miracle on a daily basis.
You’ve had a Cambodian give you the sweetest and most heartfelt compliment you’ve ever received.
Your tiny Cambodian friend performed a superhuman feat of strength without thinking anything of it.
You’ve had a Cambodian “telling off”, which is, “oh please next time do [insert what you failed to do this time]” whilst smiling sweetly.
You’ve been told to “look after yourself” at least once a day.
You’ve offered a Cambodian a cup of coffee, only for them to suddenly make one for you.
You scared a Cambodian when you’ve told them the current temperature in your passport country.
You confused a Cambodian when you said that your passport country doesn’t have that food/fruit/tree/animal.
You have been told to go have a nap at a stranger’s house and obliged.
You’ve not known who the market seller/shop owner was and who’s just a friend/customer because they’re all helping you with your purchase.
A stranger knew your name/where you live/where you work/where you’re from because they have a vague connection to someone you know.
You’ve been given a surprise massage at the hairdressers or other places.
You have had children wave and say “hey-lo” to you.
These children suddenly became very shy when you replied in Khmer.
A Khmer child has played a game with your flip-flops.
If you have lived in Cambodia, tally up your scores and add a comment.
Food and diet: __/15
Health, hygiene and safety: __/15
Wildlife and nature: __/15
Daily life: __/15
If you haven’t lived in Cambodia, what statement surprised you the most?
Living with a Khmer family has it’s benefits, including trying some amazing, home cooked Cambodian food. I asked Sophy, the wife, to teach me a dish this week and I thought I would write it up.
Khor Sach Chrouk is a really hearty, comfort-food that can easily be customised to your taste. It’s simply caramelised pork belly and it’s really, really delicious but incredibly simple. It’s not spicy but if you do want to add some warmth, put in some ginger. It usually comes with boiled eggs too, but if can’t be bothered with that fuss, don’t worry. We’re only really here for the sticky, sweet, soft pork anyway. What’s also great about this version is that it uses things you probably have around anyway. No special trips to the Asian grocer store necessary!
Cambodians usually will serve more than one dish at a meal. So this is often accompanied by cucumbers, long beans, lettuce or other refreshing vegetables, just to balance out the rich sweetness of the sauce. Again, that’s optional.
Serves 4-6 people
1 kg of pork belly, chopped into rough cubes
4 tablespoons soft brown sugar (palm sugar is great, but just use what you have)
2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
2 tablespoons finely chopped ginger (optional)
2 teaspoons of chicken stock powder (or probably 1 chicken stock cube and dissolve it in the water)
1/2 teaspoon salt
500 ml water
4 hard boiled eggs with their shells removed (optional)
Add about 3 tablespoons of the water to the pan and add the sugar. Bring to a vigorous simmer and stir until you have created a sticky syrup.
Add the garlic and ginger (if using) to the syrup and cook until fragrant.
Add the pork belly, the stock powder and the salt. Stir until the belly is a light golden brown.
Add the water and bring to a simmer.
Add the eggs, if using.
Simmer until the sauce is reduced to a thick syrup.
Serve with hot jasmine rice and sliced cucumbers.
Add your own twist
This doesn’t have to be done with pork belly, but the fatty part of the meat just adds that extra richness. You can use a leaner cut such as the shoulder, or even use chicken. You can also add additional spices in with the garlic or ginger including a stick of cinnamon or some star anise. Or if you want to add copious amounts of black pepper, go for it.
You can substitute the salt for a teaspoon of fish sauce. Some people also add bamboo shoots with the eggs.
Life in Cambodia can be wildly different to life in the UK. There are different routines, considerations and skills needed in order to survive. There is so much I have learnt to do and there are also many skills I know I’m lacking. If I had the opportunity to do more research, receive more training or practise some skills before I came it may could have made quite a bit of difference and I wouldn’t feel quite at a loss at some points. These just cover the basics; I will probably write another one about cultural integration and awareness. Also, if you enjoy this post but haven’t read my A Million Questions post about learning about a new country, you might find that interesting too.
Are your vaccines up-to-date?
Do you know your blood type?
Do you know the locations of the nearest/best hospitals where you will be living?
Have you checked whether you can get hold of any medication you need?
Have you researched potential threats to health (e.g. malaria, dengue, Zika virus, parasites)?
Do you know how to prevent mosquito bites, insect bites and other local risks to health?
What foods are safe to eat and what should be avoided? (This varies from place to place, so the blanket advice for travellers may not be applicable. For example, ice is usually fine in Cambodia!)
How may the change in diet or climate impact your health?
Have you learnt how to adjust to a different climate?
Have you made plans in the case of emergency medical care? Does your family know your plans?
What are the main types of transport in the country you are moving to?
Is it the same or different to what you are used to?
Would it be worth getting lessons before you leave? (I would have loved to have motorbike lessons before I left; I completely feel as if I’m making it all up.)
Do you know basic vehicle maintenance?
Do you know about different types, brands or models of that vehicle?
What public transport is available in the country?
What conditions will you travel in when you take public transport? How might you need to prepare for this?
What clothing do you need for different seasons?
What clothing is available in the country? What will you need to bring more of? (For me – vests, socks and shoes)
What are locals’ attitudes towards different types of clothing choice? What image are you trying to convey? How do the clothes you wear convey this?
What clothing will be comfortable or practical for different reasons?
How will you keep your clothes clean?
Do you know how to hand wash clothes?
What type of clothes will you have to wear at work? What would be good to wear when out and about?
Can you sew?
What are the main components of that country’s cuisine?
Do you know how to eat it? (For instance, I still struggle to eat fish and prawns because I didn’t eat it a lot at home.)
What types of fruit and vegetables are there? Do you know how to eat, prepare and cook them? (For instance, can you cut up a mango?)
What type of food and ingredients will be available where you are living?
Can you cook some simple meals just on a stove?
Do you know how to wash vegetables and meats in an effective and hygienic manner? (Yes, I know that probably back at home you are told not to wash meats. That advice might not apply so much where you are.)
Do you know how to avoid foods that you are allergic too?
Do you know what substitutions for different ingredients you use often can be used?
Do you know which languages are used in the country and where you will be living?
Do you have a basic idea of language families and their features?
Are you aware of the International Phonetic Alphabet and its usage?
Are you familiar with the phonemes of your target language?
Have you researched language learning techniques?
Do you know what resources are available for your target language?
Do you know the pros and cons of the different resources (for example is the resource somewhat old-fashioned so now a bit offensive? Yes, FSI courses, I’m looking at you.)
Have you researched some of the dos and don’ts of the culture?
Are you aware of culture shock, what it is and what it looks like? Have you researched reverse culture-shock?
Have you researched your own culture so you are aware of some of the potential pressure points? (Privacy and personal space is a large pressure point for me.)
Have you found out what cultures you might be working with? Have you researched them? (You might be working in an international setting. I find more extrovert and say-what-you-mean cultures more difficult than Khmer ones most the time.)
Back at home
Have you planned how you will stay in touch with those back at home?
Have you researched what methods of communication there are available?
Have you spoken to others about how they should communicate with you?
Have you scheduled regular, committed time to communicate with various people?
Have you considered how you will communicate with younger family members? (I’ve found regular Skype calls with little people really hard to navigate.)
How will you negotiate import events like Christmas? Have you reflected on how this might affect you?
Have you taken time to think about how you as a person might affect your experience?
What do you enjoy doing in your home country?
What activities might be available in your new country?
How do you respond to stress?
What self-care techniques work for you?
What is your personality type? What Enneagram type are you? What does it say about you?
What are your reasons for going?
What do you hope to achieve?
How do you cope with frustrations and disappointments?
What bad habits should you try to deal with before you leave?
Where might you need to be more flexible in your thinking or world-view?
What stereotypes or presumptions might you need to deal with before you leave?
This is a pretty long list. A lot of it could be done with a google search or by watching a few YouTube videos. Some you might need to reflect on for longer. You may want to discuss a few with others who have lived abroad, or close friends and loved ones. I hope this list helps someone and if it does, like or comment! If I failed to add something (because these are only based on my experiences), let me know too.
Living in Cambodia for an extended period has somewhat ruined travel for me. The idea of going to another country and only skimming the surface of the cultural and historical vastness of a country seems a bit incomplete and, inherently by its nature, superficial. The tantalising glimpses of another culture and life only create further questions. It also makes me feel foolish because I used to feel I had a somewhat complete view of a country I had merely visited. I suppose the maxim is true: the more you know, the more you know you don’t know.
It made me think about what questions someone should know the answer to in order to feel like they had a basic grasp on a country. Many countries require a citizenship test, that ask seemingly arbitrary questions, for those wishing to become a citizen of this country. I thought about what questions I would include if I wrote a citizenship test. So far I’ve come up with about 260 questions. Some of them could be a dissertation topic in themselves; some of them would just require a quick google search. Hopefully, some of them would get people to ponder a bit more about the country they live in, are studying or wish to integrate in.
1. The basics
What is the name of the country?
Who leads the country?
What type of government is it?
Who are its nearest neighbours?
What are its major languages?
What is the population of the country?
How many people live in urban areas? What is that as a percentage of the overall population?
What are the largest urban areas in the country? What are their populations?
How many people live in rural areas? What is that as a percentage of the overall population.
How does the country’s population compare to the rest of the region?
What are the different people groups in the country?
Where can they be found?
What is the main people group and what is their attitude towards the others?
Which people groups have the economic power and political power in the country?
What are the different people groups’ attitudes towards the others?
Which people groups live alongside one another?
What type of interactions are there between the groups (business, social, religious, etc.)?
What are the sources of conflict between the people groups?
What stereotypes have each group formed other the other?
What are the obvious shibboleths (cultural markers) of each group?
What are the main differences between the groups?
What is the average age of the country?
What is the average life expectancy of the country?
How does the life expectancy vary regionally, between urban and rural areas, and between people groups?
What is the population growth of the country?
What are the consequences of this growth?
Are some people groups growing quicker than others? What could be the impacts of this change in demographics?
What are the effects of emigration and immigration on the population?
What are the factors causing emigration and immigration?
What are the attitudes towards emigration and immigration?
3. Geography, climate and landmarks
What landscapes are there in a country?
How do the landscapes influence the lifestyle of those living there?
What is the climate of the country?
What seasons are there?
How do the climate and seasons effect the culture and daily life?
How do the landscapes look different according to the seasons?
Is the climate and weather different in different regions?
How do the seasons affect nature, wildlife, crops and harvests?
How have the seasonal changes been affected by climate change?
How has this affected the people?
What natural landmarks are there in the country?
What are the attitudes towards these landmarks?
How are these landmarks a part of the national identity?
What manmade landmarks are there in the country?
What are the attitudes towards these landmarks?
How are these landmarks a part of the national identity?
4. Culture and values
What is the dominant culture?
Is it a individualistic or communal culture?
Is it a guilt culture, shame culture or fear culture?
What are the significant cultural values?
What of the consequences of breaching these cultural values?
How do others respond to social deviance?
How is social order and the status quo maintained?
What behaviours are considered polite or impolite?
What do they celebrate?
How do they celebrate?
How do they respond to major life events (births, deaths, sickness, marriage, new job, job loss, moving house)?
What are the general fears of the culture?
What do they do to alleviate these fears?
What secular holidays or national celebrations are there?
How are the holidays and celebrations linked to the climate, geography or nature of the country?
What do these holidays and celebrations tell us about what is important to this culture?
What are the influences of minority cultures, neighbouring cultures or other cultures on the culture of this country?
What social hierarchies and class systems are there?
How can you tell the difference between those of difference social status?
Is it easy to gain social status?
What generational differences are there in terms of cultural values?
What are the traditional arts, songs, instruments and dances of the country?
Are these traditions being preserved or are they dying out?
What other traditional cultural artefacts are there?
Who performs or creates these cultural artefacts?
Where can you see them displayed or being created?
What are the myths and legends of the culture?
What stories are famous and often told?
What proverbs are there?
What are the major events to affect the country within living memory?
How are these events remembered and commemorated?
What effect do these events have on the national psyche and sense of identity?
How do different generations view the events?
How do the different people groups view these events?
How widespread was the effects?
How does the global community view the events?
How is this similar or different to how it is viewed in the country?
How are these events taught in schools?
How are they talked about?
What historical events are still celebrated or commemorated in the country?
How are they remembered?
What does the remembrance of these events suggest about nation values and identity?
How are these historical events viewed across generations and people groups?
How have these historical events been mythologised over time?
How are they taught in school?
What is the dominant religion of the country?
How does it affect the social structure of the country and of communities?
What religious buildings are there in the country and in the average community?
How does religion affect daily life?
What religious festivals and observances are there?
How does faith affect views towards major life events?
How do they believe the world was created?
Where do humans come from according to their beliefs?
How do they explain other natural phenomenon?
What happens when people die?
Will the world end? How will it happen?
How do people interact with the spiritual domain?
Who is able to interact with the spiritual domain?
What hierarchies does religion create or enforce in the country?
What role does religion have in maintaining the status quo?
How is this country’s religion different from its neighbours?
How do people of this country worship in a way that is different to other adherents of that faith?
What superstitions are there?
What objects, animals or natural phenomenon have spiritual significance?
What beliefs are there in fate or luck?
How can you change your fate or luck?
7. Family life
What is the size of an average family unit?
Who makes up an average family?
How many people will live in the same house?
What is the size of an average house? How many rooms does it have?
How many children does an average woman have?
What are the roles of each member of a family?
Do families live within the same communities?
What are the attitudes towards care for the elderly?
How are children raised, disciplined and nurtured?
What is the average age to get married?
When are you considered past your prime?
Who haves the economic power or responsibility in a family?
What traditions and practices are there relating to pregnancy and birth?
What traditions and practices are there relating to death and illness?
How do they celebrate birthdays?
What ceremonies are related to courting, engagements and weddings?
What is the attitude towards divorce and infidelity?
What are the rates of domestic abuse?
Are there differences in family life between urban and rural areas? What are they and why are there these differences?
How has the look of the family changed between generations?
What does a family meal look like?
How often do extended families eat together?
8. Daily life
What time do people get up?
What time do they go to bed?
How many people share a bed?
What are the children’s/babies sleep routines? Are they different from the adults?
How many days a week do they work?
How long are their work hours?
What are the household tasks or chores that need doing?
Who does them?
Where do they do their shopping?
How many meals do they eat a day?
What do they eat for each meal?
Do they eat at home or do they eat out?
How much money do they spend on grocery shopping?
What do they do with their free time?
Who do they spend their free time with?
What is the most popular non-alcoholic and alcoholic drink in the country?
What sports are popular in this country?
What music do they listen to?
Do they use social media? Which sites do they use?
Do they have access to television, radio or films? What do they watch?
What objects would you find in the average house? What are they for?
What daily struggles or frustrations might a person face?
What transportation do people use on a daily basis?
What do people wear on a daily basis?
What influences the fashions and what is worn?
How far do people travel on a regular basis?
What are the names for community units? How are they structured?
What hierarchies are in place? Who has authority within a community?
Where do communities gather?
When do communities gather?
Where do communities interact?
Where is the heartbeat of community life?
What is the relationship between private and public life?
Who are the gatekeepers to the communities?
Who knows everyone’s business in a community?
What social ties are there within communities?
How do people feel about spending time with others?
How do people feel about spending time alone?
How many people have visited other countries?
10. Education and employment
What level of the population are literate?
What is the education system of the country?
What is the attitude towards education in the country?
How many children attend school?
How big are the average classroom sizes?
How do the following factors affect educational attainment: gender, region and affluence?
Which educational establishments have the best reputation?
What is the most common type of degree, certification or training?
How do most people find work?
What is the rate of employment in the country?
What are the consequences of unemployment?
Which sector is the largest provider of employment in the country?
Which company is the largest employer?
What is considered a good job in the country?
What is the average wage?
How many people live in poverty?
What sectors are growing in the country? How is this impacting employment?
11. Health and safety
Does the average family have a fresh water supply? Where do they get their water from?
Does the average family have access to electricity? What are the sources of electricity?
How do they maintain cleanliness and hygiene?
Does the average family have access to a toilet?
What illnesses are common in the country?
How are they treated? How are they prevented?
Is prevention, treatment and health education widespread?
What is the infant mortality rate?
How many people per doctor are there in the country?
What is the leading cause of death?
What is the rate of alcohol addiction?
What is the rate of substance abuse?
Where are the best hospitals?
Who has access to them?
What is the attitude towards medical treatment?
What traditional practises are used to treat illnesses?
How do cultural beliefs impede improvements in health?
What dangerous animals are a risk in that country?
What is the safest way to travel?
What do people feel afraid of? What makes them feel unsafe?
How long is the dominant language’s alphabet?
What are the main features of the language?
What other languages are spoken?
What gestures or facial expressions are important?
What gestures or facial expressions are best avoided?
Is the communication style direct or indirect?
What honorific terms are used?
How is status, hierarchy or social identity revealed through speech?
How similar is spoken speech to its written language?
What percentage of the population uses mobile phones?
What are the major network providers?
Is there a postal service and how do you use it?
How is major news and important information distributed?
What TV stations are there?
What newspapers are there?
Is the country an LEDC (less economically developed country) or MEDC (more economically developed country)?
What is the GDP per capita?
What is the percentage of annual GDP growth?
What factors have promoted economic growth in the last decade, twenty years or fifty years?
What factors have prevented economic growth in the last decade, twenty years or fifty years?
How has the life expectancy changed over the last decade, twenty years or fifty years?
How has the infant mortality rate changed over the last decade, twenty years or fifty years?
How has the literacy rate changed over the last decade, twenty years or fifty years?
What is the country’s largest source of money?
What is their biggest export?
How many tourists visit a year?
Where do the tourists come from?
Who benefits most from tourism?
Who benefits most from businesses?
How is the country’s wealth distributed?
What are major common themes in the various answers?
What are the biggest trends in growth?
What are the reasons for optimism for the country?
Who is doing important working in promoting change for the country?
What are the major challenges this country might face in the future?
What are the possible solutions to such challenges?
What changes do people predict for the country?
What changes do you predict for the country?
What could the outside world do for the country?
What is your own personal relationship with the country?
What are your thoughts and feelings about the various topics?
What surprised you the most?
What topics would you research further?
How did you find the answer to the questions?
What personal anecdotes do you have about adjusting to life in this country?
What sources of conflict are there between your native culture and your second (or third) culture?
What have been the major challenges for you adapting to this country?
How do you feel about the country now having answered the questions?
What discovery do you think will be the most helpful in integrating into this country?
What mistakes have you made in the past that you now understand more fully having answered these questions?
I can probably answer about 40% of the questions with any accuracy. The answers would be too long for a single blog post, but I might try answering them. By the time I have finished them all, I would probably have a rather comprehensive research paper on my hands.
Hopefully, others that I intending to get to know a particular country more fully, or just cement what they know about a place more fully, will find this list interesting and helpful.