Travel is invigorating. It’s broadening your horizons in a completely indescribable way and opens yourself up to new cultures, customs languages, foods, and even ways of thought. For some, it’s an enjoyable experience, with breathtaking views and a relaxing atmosphere, but for others, it is both chaotic and unpredictable; regardless which you are subjected to, you are never left empty handed. A piece of advice for anyone reading: if you really want to learn about a place, don’t sit behind a desk; get out and see what it is you’re missing.
In October of 2007 I was taken on an all expense-paid cruise to the Caribbean. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life and changed my view of the world. Our flight to Miami took six hours. Jet lag really brings you down, but I have to say, it was so worth. Miami is a city that lays dormant during the day and comes to life at night. The people are strangely exotic and dress as if they’re about to walk down the red carpet. I had never understood what it was like to see a city come to life right in front of your eyes. It was enriching.
After setting sail with Carnival (www.carnival.com),we visited three islands: Nassau (www.nassauparadiseisland.com), Saint Thomas (www.saintthomas.com), and Saint Martin (www.stmartin.com). All three were unique. Nassau was my favorite because the beaches were beautiful, the water was very salty but made up for it in clarity and temperature, and the natives were very friendly though bold in their actions and loved to make a quick buck. Nassau was the smallest island, but it amazed me how much culture was crammed into such a tiny place. The people spoke so fast it was difficult to understand and their clothing varied from the typical Rastafarian to a formal button-up shirt and dress pants. The streets were lined with little shops meant to attract tourists. They contained an array of items; mostly your typical souvenirs (key chains, coffee mugs, post cards, etc.). The most enlightening place was the local art gallery/museum. It was filled to the brim with paintings, pottery, hand man figurines, and hand woven baskets. All the colors were effervescent and brought soul to every creation. It was almost as if you could see what the artist was feeling at the time. You can tell a lot about a culture by it’s art. I encourage anyone visiting a foreign country to view the fruits of it’s artists.
When you sit in a classroom and look through a textbook, you are
limited by what’s in front of you. There is much less for your mind to absorb than if you take the initiative and go abroad. Take the time to really experience the world beyond the horizon. Not only is it educational, it changes lives.
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