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I think you can gift them imported perfumes/deos (if you have any) or Socks (for a nice long memory),
I have to agree that behaviour and dress go a long way. If you can't blend in as a local because of your cultural features at least try and look like you live there. Move with confidence, don't stand around looking lost with a map in your hand, dress like locals or 'non-touristy'. For example, it is my second time in Kathmandu and I don't walk around in ...
I just asked my host here in Kathmandu and without hesitation he replied... CHOCOLATE! Not the local stuff but nice imported chocolate. Apparently it's a big hit.
If you have the right mindset and are up for it, nothing beats hitchhiking for meeting the locals when in a foreign country. It's definitely not for everybody and it's not without potential risks, probably moreso for females and younger people. But it's hard to beat for meeting people you would never meet otherwise, from all backgrounds. You never know ...
It's always easier to meet other travellers whilst travelling. Locals going out in their home environment usually go with their friends and aren't really interested or 'open' to be joined by a stranger since it requires extra effort. That said the best places are pubs or bars with share tables. I am German and don't think it's too hard to meet Germans in a ...
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