I’m enjoying the nightly ritual of watching Anak Jalanan with the family to get me out of my room and into the family’s company. This is generally the time they use to ask me questions, tell me something new, or just ask after every commercial if we have that product in America.
Suddenly, my Bapak tells me for the first time that, in Indonesia, it’s rude to sit with your legs crossed in public.
The way I’ve been comfortably sitting for the past two decades — including the five months I’ve lived in Indonesia.
They all had a great time laughing about how embarrassed I was as well as teaching me other cultural rules I’ve apparently been ignoring.
Like how you’re supposed to leave a house with your right foot first kanon dule!