Traveling is the best way to discover the world. Traveling opens your eyes. Traveling teaches you. After living abroad and traveling for short and long term, I have learnt a lot of things.
The most important thing is that
Everywhere in the world, there are people who like…
- football (or other sports)
Everywhere in the world, children like…
- eating sweets
Everywhere in the world, people…
In summary, the world has showed me that
apart from language, clothes, religion and skin color, we – people from different cultures – are not so different from each other.
This is very important, because it implies lots of other things
- Different clothes does not mean nothing in common
- Different language does not mean different dreams
- Anywhere in the world, we can find a friend
Some people are scared of traveling, specially far away from home or to countries with a different culture. No need to be afraid.
- Far does not mean dangerous
- Hospitality exists everywhere
- Most people are good
Everywhere in the world there are more good people than bad, but – also everywhere – the bad ones get more more publicity. How many good news do we see every day? And how many bad news? Plenty of good things happen every day, we just do not know about it.
In India a woman I did not know gave me sweets from the temple. In Laos I spent an afternoon playing sand with some girls. In Cambodia, an old lady invited me to sleep in her place, a woman gave me a free motorbike ride and a bunch of bananas, a man helped me find my way when I got lost. In Malaysia I have made friends that will last forever.
No matter the culture, everywhere I have met people with whom I can talk, laugh, and share experiences. Everywhere, people are eager to show me their best food. When I say I come from Barcelona, a lot of people say ‘hola, ¿como estás?’, and kids jump and shout ‘football! Messi, Messi!’.
No matter where I am, I can feel a connection with people. I might look different, wear different clothes, speak a different language, but I can still laugh with locals and feel complicity. Arriving to a new country always requires some adjustments, but so far, once I got used, I have felt comfortable everywhere. And this is because, at the end, we are not so different.
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