Learning from other cultures (AND actually putting it into practice)

Do you remember in grade school when you learned about other countries?  I remember in sixth grade, everyone picked a country and we had to research what they ate, what they wore, what was on their flag, etc., and then present it to the class.  We had to bring in a “traditional dish” to share…

5 challenges for a traveler who doesn’t speak the language

We travel all the time to places where we don’t know the native language.  We’ve had some issues, but most of the time (especially in Europe) everyone speaks English.  If a German meets someone from France on the Swiss Alps, they will speak English to each other.  It’s the most common language you’ll find among…

Things I’ve learned about Americans from my travels overseas

Today I was considering some of the things that I learned about myself, and my fellow Americans, while abroad.  It’s fascinating to see the differences in cultures and people, and see how many different ways there are of doing things.   Obviously “the norm” will be different in every country you visit, but here were…

But I don’t speak their language… can I still visit?

When I tell people I am going to a place that speaks another language, people invariably say, “Oh, so you speak Spanish?” Or, “I didn’t know you knew French.”  The truth of the matter is that I don’t know any spoken languages other than English. I took American Sign Language in school, which was great,…

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