Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Difference in culture

Thanks to Albanian Blogger and one of its wonderful posts, I cannot help sharing also with my American friends the very succinct, straightforward, and so true, quote from a well-informed Peace Corps worker in Albania: 

When I met last Friday with my friend John, working at Peace Corps in Albania, he made an astute observation that other Peace Corps volunteers had passed along to him about the difference of Albanian culture with the United States one: “In America, we build our relationships through work by showing responsibility for the assigned job first and in the aftermath of it we may develop a friendship, while in Albania it is important to develop first the relationship through coffee drinking time, then afterwards along the lines you do business.”

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