I'm wondering about some things that may have taken you by surprise when you've traveled in different parts of Asia. I would say that one thing which struck me by surprise was how hot and humid Japanese summers are. I wasn't expecting it to be as hot as it was - I knew that a lot of other Asian countries closer to the equator were super humid year round, but I just didn't expect Japan to be like that at all! Another thing that took me by surprise (and this has been in basically all Asian countries I've traveled to) are the prevalence of squat toilets. I had never used one before visiting Malaysia, and in some places you simply don't have the option of a western style toilet. What about you? Any surprises that caught you off guard?