When I travel to another country, I endeavor to learn it’s culture and experience as much of it as I possibly can. I want to know what is most important to them, what makes them smile.
If the country has a culture of kindness, I will make the effort to return to them the warmth and respect that they have generously shown to me. I am humbled.
If they have a culture of suspicion or disdain, I am anonymous, invisible and looking for the exit. I expect nothing and offer the same.
I have been to both. I prefer the first.