International Transition

Leaving Türkiye

At the Istanbul airport there were a series of prominent electronic reader boards that had the same message throughout the concourses. They identified how to give relief support for earthquake victims and rotated the expression “thank you for your support” in multiple international languages and alphabets. Amongst the languages I spotted were Turkish, Arabic, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Russian and Chinese.

Arriving in South Africa

Deplaning at Johannesburg’s Tambo International Airport, all signs were in English, with some in Afrikaans and what I believe was Xhosa. My first priority upon entering a concourse was to find the toilet.  “Welcome to my office,” proclaimed the bathroom attendant, who, I observed, repeated it to all as a standard greeting.


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