You can’t make this stuff up


Communication can be tricky – even when those communicating share the same language and cultural touch points. When they don’t, the results can be exasperating, frustrating and sometimes funny. I know this because miscommunication seems to part of my life here in Indonesia.

Yesterday, Mike had lunch at Goodies and ordered a ham and Swiss on a roll, with mustard on the side. Pretty straightforward, and Mike repeated his order to our waitress several times.

But when the waitress, or the person in the kitchen preparing the food don’t share your language or cultural background, then “mustard on the side” can have a completely different meaning ….

Mustard on the side (or the edges of the roll)

About 2bagsandapack

Lifetime journalist, author, magazine editor and publisher, now semi-retired and traveling the world. My plan, after living in Costa Rica for 14 months, was to visit a new country in southern Europe every three months to experience the culture and the challenge of adapting to a new environment, while on a fixed income. That plan was sidetracked when I was offered a job in Indonesia, providing an opportunity to explore Asia. Indonesia lasted for a 4 wonderful years but I have now moved on to Hua Hin, Thailand.
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One Response to You can’t make this stuff up

  1. Steven Gray says:

    As hilarious a miscommunication as that is, all I can think of is what accommodating service Mike received.

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