Had a great talk last night with a friend who has good reason to know what it's like to live in another vastly different culture. I realised that, although I've travelled before, it's always been in a situation where English/Aussies are the dominant cultures - if not in that country, then at least within the travel group. I've never been immersed in another culture without another Aussie around (well, perhaps for 3 days in Manila, and being by myself in London certainly doesn't count!).
I'll be in Thailand.
My patients will be Karen.
My colleagues will speak French (primarily).
I can't begin to comprehend the cultural issues. I'll have no-one to share vegemite with!