Manual to the world #1

This is the first in a series of little life lessons, productivity tips and ‘life-hacks’ that I’ll try to post every Friday.  Just before the weekend we all need an excuse to procrastinate a little.  It’s always a good idea to mask procrastination with the excuse of learning something that one day might come in handy.

To start of the series, I’d like to introduce you to Fasten Seat Belts.  This beautifully animated and illustrated website explains local customs to help you avoid awkward situations when traveling abroad.  The sample below explains how in France and Belgium people ‘twist their nose’ to indicate someone is drunk.  As a native from the Kingdom of Belgium, I had never even realized that that is what people do.  It just goes to show how deeply embedded these local habits and customs are and how it will really help you blend in if you are familiar with some of them.

What makes it even more appropriate to open the series with this tip, is that Fasten Seat Belts is produces by 43 Films a non-profit organisation from Brussels, Belgium.  Among 43 Films’ other projects is a documentary about the amazing artist Francis Alÿs. A Belgian artist who lives and works in Mexico City.  Check out his work if you are into artsy stuff!

Without further ado, here’s a little taste.  You’ll have to visit Fasten Seat Belts for more.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=12941148&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&loop=0

[via Swiss-Miss]

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