How do attitudes differ on scientific and technological progress?

The following is a brief collection of instances where I felt like others were operating under very different background assumptions, which made for both interesting and sometimes puzzling conversation.

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10-minute-friends and floating thoughts.

I made six new random friends since I boarded the bus in Jaisalmer yesterday evening. Within a few minutes, I'd introduced myself to the guys across the corridor of the sleeper bus, and my plan of having locals handy in case I was confused worked out fabulously. Plus none of us got bored, and I … Continue reading 10-minute-friends and floating thoughts.

The joys of backpacker hostels and other differences between foreign and Indian tourists

I'm really regretting that I spent the last two nights in a hotel. It was affordable, sure enough (just over 10€ per night), but I'd done what an Indian person would have done. Okay, I don't think an Indian girl would've hired a tuk tuk driver at 4.50am to drive into town and help find … Continue reading The joys of backpacker hostels and other differences between foreign and Indian tourists