I thought that posting our country's cultural quirks would be both fun and useful (in case anyone is planning to visit a certain country, they could learn "small things" that they could use while interacting with that country's residents). Also, it could be useful from a writer's point of view. So I'll start with my own country, Serbia. This is all from my personal experience. Of course, quirks can vary a bit troughout a country: 1. Taking off your shoes - when you enter someone's home, it used to be a custom to take your shoes off. The host would usually provide a pair of slippers for you. Nowadays, in my surroundings at least, people don't usually take off their shoes, but it's polite to ask. So when you enter someone's home, you should ask "Should I take off my shoes?" and they'll probably say "No, just come inside" or "It's up to you. If you feel more comfortable that way, I'll give you slippers." But it's still considered more polite to take them off (your host will probably be glad). 2. Barbecuing - when you're invited to a barbeque, or any sort of party, it is not expected to bring your own food/drinks. It's quite normal that the host pays for the whole thing. However, when you're among close friends, or barbecuing on a neutral field, everyone can bring something that they would like to eat/drink. But, of course, you won't be eating what you brought exclusively; everyone can eat/drink whatever they want. 3. Paying restaurant/bar bill - Men pay bills in Serbia. It's almost always the case. Splitting the amount between man and women he asked out is unthinkable. But if there's a group of friends out, girls can sometimes contribute, although this is rare, too. Usually if there are 2 or more guys they would have an argument about who's going to pay the bill (everyone will try to pay, even if they're low on cash - it's a matter of pride). If there's a group of girls in a bar or restaurant, they'll usually split the bill or pay for their own drinks. 4. Garlic - even though we all know how healthy it is, smell of garlic in someone's breath is considered rude. 5. Getting on time - Serbs are not the most punctual nation in the world, but when it comes to business, we prefer being on time. Appearing 10-15 minutes late is usually tolerated. When it comes to private visits, it is normal that you're 15 - 30 minutes late. If you're going to be more than half an hour late, you should probably call. 6. Eating in public - it is tolerable to eat on the street, while you might get a few strange looks if your eating in a public transportation. 7. Gifts - it is expected to bring a gift when going into someone's home. A bottle of wine would do. And it is normal that the host opens a present before you and thank you. Sooo, I guess there's a lot more but I can't think of it right now... How about you? What are you cultural quirks?