This is a tale of my own ineptitude and lack of preparation for a journey. Consider me the 21st Century Chris McCandless. I was on my own in Buenos Aires, getting along fine with a guide book and place to sleep, and I planned to take a day trip to Colonia del Sacramento. Colonia del Sacramento is a small picturesque Uruguayan town on muddy brown waters on the other side of the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires. Its historic quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the gold medal of tourist locations.
When we first arrive in a new destination, everything different is new, exciting and interesting. Our curiosity is at its maximum peak and we are enthusiastic to embrace our new surroundings. But, if you are spending an extended amount of time in a country, whether as a long-term traveler, student studying abroad or an expat, you will likely reach a point where all the differences lose their luster and become a source of frustration and bewilderment. You may feel like a fish out of water and a bit hostile towards your new location. Welcome to culture shock. As someone who has both lived abroad and spent extensive time traveling in a variety of locations, I have been there, done that, and I would like to share some tips on how I coped and kept it from ruining my good time.
Egypt is an amazing country to visit. I love everything about this place. I plan to go back to the country very soon (provided the political situation gets better). The people are welcoming, the food is to die for, and the sights to see are everywhere. Every world traveler should visit Egypt at some point in their life.
I said it before, and I will say it again: I LOVE Egyptian food!
Kushari is one of my favorites, and as Egypt’s more popular dishes, I am not alone. It is usually made with rice, lentils, caramelized onions, garlic, chickpeas, and tomato sauce. This dish is delicious and vegetarian, which I am always excited to find. The individual ingredients come from all over the world, but the combination is rooted in Egypt.
The people that are making this delicious food are even better than the food itself! They are so kind and welcoming. So many locals would talk cheerfully to me, it didn’t matter that I was a foreigner.
Having emergency essentials in your car is a vital part of being safe when traveling on the road. Is important to plan for the unexpected and keeping emergency essentials is a part of doing that. Keeping essentials such as blankets, a flashlight, water and a cell phone is the best way to ensure that you will be safe if something should go wrong while you are traveling.
A major reason that people do not survive when they are stranded on the road is due to hypothermia. Having the necessary blankets can prevent this from happening. Choose dense, high quality blankets that are designed to hold in body heat.
Like many incoming freshmen into universities - they’re excited, nervous - and overall, they just want to create long lasting memories.
When I went to college, I was all about making memories. One thing I didn’t consider at all when I was in college: studying abroad.
Honestly, it was because it never crossed my mind. I thought it would be too expensive, so I threw it in the burner right away. I also didn’t want to leave the new friends I had just made, and I was afraid I’d be missing out on all of the fun they’d have without me if I were to leave.
Looking back now, that is such a naïve and ridiculous worry. Traveling abroad changes your life; and I didn’t get to find this out until I was approaching my 30’s.
To put it simply: experience. Knowledge. A new culture to taste and explore.
Why wouldn’t that already get you out of your seat? There is a whole world out there to see - and studying abroad can give you resources that you wouldn’t dream of having while in your American dorm.
A picture can say a thousand words. Photographs are a great way of recording things. They can show not only who was there but who was where, and perhaps even tell a whole story relating to that time and location. Some people used to have dozens of photograph albums containing hundreds of holiday photos from years and years of annual holidays.
Along with those several kilograms of holiday snapshots, there may be yet more albums containing various other pictures to remind them of such happy occasions as birthdays and graduation days. That is to say that they had a ton of albums enough to fill a whole book case.
The advent of digital photography has brought about a big change. Whereas those people have hundreds of printed five by seven inch photographs, some members of the younger generations now have thousands that weigh nothing. Some of those folks with more than twenty photos of their latest escapades, either on paper or on screen, at least have the grace and awareness to apologize before showing them to visitors, realizing that many people are bored with so many pictures of the same old people in similar poses in so many places.