The other day the kids said at dinner that all the Chinese men at the swimming pool wear underwear to go swimming.
After I recovered, wondering what they were seeing there that had passed me by, I realized they were referring to the Speedos worn in most parts of the world outside the good ole US of A.
I then remembered something that had happened two weeks earlier.
We were waiting for the visiting swim instructor to come (a really cool Haiwaiian guy from Texas) when I heard a ruckus by the men’s dressing room.
The Chinese staffperson was trying to tell the foreigner he had to change into a swimsuit before he could go swimming, he couldn’t enter in his street clothes.
In fact, he was already wearing his swimsuit–below-the-knees surfer shorts.
It’s all a matter of what you’re used to to seeing.