As travelers, we have all visited post offices abroad.
We rarely relish these visits and often avoid them until the last possible moment. However, the post office provides an unusual opportunity for cultural observation and comparison.
From almost being arrested in Kazakhstan to almost being trampled in India, I’ve had my share of post office adventures (usually mailing DVD backups of photos and videos) over the last 18 months on the road.
Twenty-five countries and countless postal queues later, here are five cultural characteristics I’ve observed during all that waiting.