What happens when a traveler’s need to fit in and show respect for the local culture includes wailing with women at a religious ceremony?

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This week’s “Lines of the Week” come from Rebecca Scott, who lived in Iran for over a decade.

At one point she decided to dress “like an Iranian Muslim woman, which means that the arms, head, neck and legs are covered in public.”

She writes, “I would have preferred not to, but I was trying to fit in and earn the respect of my new family, who cared very much about the opinions of neighbors and friends.” Later she’d find herself at a religious ceremony.

For the full story, please visit Adapting to Iranian and Islamic Culture.

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Lines of the week is a weekly feature where the editors pull their favorite bit of writing from the Matador Community blogs.