move to a new country means taking those differences a little more seriously and locking them away for future use.
Take, for example, tipping & sales tax.
In New Zealand, there is no tipping! I have read that NZers laugh at Americans who come visit and when paying for a restauraunt bill, try to tip.
This seems like such a strange concept to me...not to tip for good service. Tipping is such a part of what you're supposed to do here in America...I think it will feel really wrong to walk out of a restauraunt without tipping.
But I'm glad I know this little tidbit so I won't seem too touristy :)
Another interesting shopping tidbit is that the price on the tag is the price you pay. Sales tax is already included in the price. So no more having to do mental math to figure out your 8.2% sales tax...or whatever the sales tax may be in the area you happen to be in.
Tipping & sales tax are so ingrained in my head when shopping that it will feel strange to not worry about figuring it into the cost!
And speaking of strange...I have a whole big post in my head about re-learning to drive, New Zealand style!!