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Etiquette

At least take a sip

Matthew Hamilton

25 Sep 2009

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If you are in Armenia and you are invited to a party, more than likely it is going to involve drinking. Armenians are fond of drinking. And they drink a lot. That doesn't mean you have to, but you should at least take a sip of the shot of vodka they will hand you. Remember, you are a guest and Armenians will give you some of their best vodka. Not to at least take a sip will be considered rude.

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