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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Hastings?

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We asked people in Hastings if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"In Hastings, it is considered disrespectful to dress inappropriately. Beachwear should be limited to the beach and not worn in town or other public areas. It's also important to respect the local customs and traditions. For example, Sunday is traditionally a day of rest and worship, so try to avoid any loud or disruptive activities. Avoid making negative comments about the local food, culture, or people. Barbadians, also known as Bajans, are proud of their heritage and may take offense to any derogatory remarks. Public displays of affection are generally frowned upon, especially in rural areas. It's best to keep such displays private. Barbadians value punctuality, so try to be on time for any appointments or social gatherings. Being late is seen as a sign of disrespect. Avoid discussing sensitive topics such as politics or religion unless you are well-informed and the conversation is appropriate. It's best to listen and learn rather than to dominate the conversation. Finally, remember to always say "please" and "thank you". Good manners are highly valued in Barbadian culture," remarked another expat in Hastings, Barbados.

"My first time at the Oistins fish fry I saw "Dolphin" on the menu and was a bit upset at the thought of eating dolphin and went on a bit of a rant about saving the dolphins... only to find out that in Barbados "dolphin fish" is actually Dorado or Maui Maui and not a Dolphin at all," said a member in Hastings, Barbados.

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