Courtesy Flags and Local Culture
One of the things I have done to get a quick look at local culture is buy my courtesy flags at a local mart. Aside from the fact they are less expensive than at the chandlery, I get to meet some locals while showing respect for their country. They share back useful "secrets" in return. I get away from the cruising world and step into the local's world... a bit. The Customs and immigration folks have always been more than delighted to direct me to a local store selling national flags.