Wednesday, September 16, 2015

How to respect the people in Cayman

When you are on the Cayman Islands, please keep in mind that you are a guest in a foreign country and that the Cayman population has a different cultural background and experience than you do. The best way to make friends and feel comfortable is to observe and adapt your personal behavior during your stay on the islands.

The people of Cayman are always polite and respectful to you. When you meet them on the street, they will greet you with “Good morning,” or “Good afternoon.” That is the best way to start a conversation. If you know the first name of your conversation partner, you can include a “Miss” or “Mister” before the name. That is a respectful way of addressing a person.

As mentioned earlier, the Cayman Islands do not have daylight saving time. That means that when you are, for example, from New York and are on the islands during the winter months, then you do not need to adjust your watch. When you are in the Caymans during the summer months, then you have to turn your watch back one hour, because in New York there is daylight saving time but not in the Caymans.

The usual business hours for shops and other service providers are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. Some businesses operate on Saturdays, too, but have different opening hours. On Sundays all businesses are closed. You cannot shop on Sundays, as you may be used to in your home country.

This is only a small insight into the cultural customs in the Cayman Islands. Much more to this topic you will find in my book

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