This may be one of those things I’ll just never get. Maybe after a few more months here I might, but for now it just boggles my mind. It doesn’t matter if you are walking on the streets or in a hallway, hiking up or down a hill. If someone is directly walking towards you from the opposite direction, they will not budge. Meaning, if it is not me the one who finally moves, we would actually have a head on collision. Its like playing sidewalk chicken. Only stupider. Or is it more stupid?
Anyway, in America, we have a standard glance at each other and move. Seeing that we are heading in the same course, both of us will immediately start to vere towards the right (at the same time, of course!). We do it as soon as we realize that should we stay the same course, we would collide with one another. Over here I’m not sure if such standard exists. I was walking on the sidewalk and I saw this man heading for me. In fact, he saw me too. I tried to slightly vere right and he do not budge. He didn’t even show the slightest bit of consideration. Then I try the left and still not one ounce of respect. It is as if he looked at me and consciously thought to himself: he has to budge first otherwise i’m not budging! Is it an age thing? Do younger people have to move first? Is it a pride issue? Everyone thinks they are better than everyone else? Or is it just a ME issue? I look funny to them so they take one look at me and laugh saying, “Watch me run over this foreigner!”
Its funny here: We drive cars on the right hand side of the road, but in the subway stations, there are signs saying to walk on the left hand side of the path. On the sidewalks, its every man for themselves.