There is a saying in Cambodia - same, same, but different.
You see it on t-shirts everyday.
By the time you leave you have several of these t-shirts in your suitcase ready to take home with you as gifts.
Believe it or not, right there along with Courier, Garamond and Helvetica there is even a font named, you guessed it, Same, Same.
On a daily basis, right in the middle of a conversation, someone will say, "same-same" and your thinkin' same as....what?
Where did it come from?
During the Vietnam war, tons of different things that everyone use to see and use were no longer available.
When they would go to market in search of all their usual household staples and comfort foods the couldn't find them.
New things started coming into the country to replace all the favorites and the street vendors would say to them,
"no, same, same, but different".
The saying just became part of their culture and never left.
It cracked me up how many times I thought about Haiti, saying to myself - "same - same".
See for yourself...
See..same, same but different.
No matter what side of the earth we live on, we really are the same in so many different ways.