An abridged transcript from my trip home on the tram last week:
Burmese Guy: You are Australian?
Burmese Guy: I am not. I am foreign.
Burmese Guy: Can you explain for me Australian culture?
Me: Ummm… I don’t know. It’s what you see all around you. I’m not sure I can sum it up in a couple of sentences.
Burmese Guy: What about you? What do you do?
Me: I’m a student.
Burmese Guy: What do you study? What speciality?
Burmese Guy: And what is that? Anthropology?
Me: Ummm… the study of … culture.
I console myself with the fact I’ve only been ‘doing’ anthropology for a month!