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I've had some of these 'cultural' moments too. They don't know that to us, we sometimes don't know what they re on about. Although they encourage us to ask, I would have asked, what are the plates for, and then they can explain. I like your anecdotes! &HazelVee

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This is funny, but we all have had moments like this, especially in a new area, or a new country. I couldn't get use to "Tea" in Australia. I kept expecting tea, but never had anything but food and coffee most times. It took awhile for me to learn that "tea" was a meal, not just a drink. My husband had a hard time understanding how we Americans talk, when our biscuits are your scones, our cookies are your biscuits, etc. I was embarrassed several times while in Australia. What can you do but laugh?

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Lol..that is a very cute story and enjoyed it :). I was thinking maybe the person having the party collected plates so wanted every body to join in on his collect ...
And sure your grandkids when old enough will be glad you out the china up for them.

Also thanks for commenting on my post.

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In the end everyone laughed at it. I am sure they forgive you because you were new to their culture then. You have adapted well now.

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&pftsusan ..thanks .. I actually like the idea of "bring a plate" because everyone can enjoy each others company without the pressure of just one doing all the preparation .. and I since learned that Australian started this tradition of inviting and asking people to bring a plate in the olden days when supplies are all coming from Europe and other countries which takes six to a year for the shipment to arrive here ... so whatever people can contribute to share with everyone, they can still hold parties and have fun as you said ...

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&WhoMe yes indeed .. it's hard to forget those embarrassing moments .. which bring so much laughter in the end .. thanks for droping by ..

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Some of the most memorable moments were once embarrasing. Glad you were all able to laugh and learn with it

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