House tours (not the Newport, RI variety): specific to American hosts?
August 9, 2014 7:42 PM Subscribe
Do people outside of the US commonly go through the ritual of giving new guests "the tour" of their homes (i.e. a walkthrough, or at least peek at, every single room of the house/apartment, beyond what is necessary--not talking about overnight guests or housesitters, or showing folks the bathroom and where to put the coats)?
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This is a ritual I've taken for granted, or felt compelled to perform myself, for years until it somehow hit me as odd when visiting a coworker's home for the first time for Thanksgiving dinner. I'm wondering now whether this is specific to the United States (maybe given the alleged guilelessness around class issues more common here?), or if it happens commonly elsewhere.
I've had this done for me just as surely and immediately as I've been offered a glass of water by a new host, in all sorts of geographic regions (and tax brackets) of the U.S., and I've automatically done it myself (to be polite?) even when just renting a single room in a shared home--when we were just going to have lunch in the kitchen before heading elsewhere.