Nothing forms a better picture of where you see yourself in the world better than travel. Alice Shi Kemble, another wordpress blogger, posted Five Words which inspired me to document my travels in the same way. (http://aliceshikembel.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/five-words/) Below are 5 words and 3 pictures which describe each country I visited.
NOVA SCOTIA Fish and Chips, Lighthouse, Boardwalk
IRELAND Bold Colors, Irish Accent, Galway
ENGLAND Big Ben, Tailored, Tube, Tea
BELGIUM Architecture, Two Hour Breakfast, Chocolate
FRANCE La Siene, Croissant, Street Art
GERMANY Sausage, Window Flowers, Friendly People
PORTUGAL Tile Art, Portuguese, Beach Climate
SPAIN Smells, Salsa Dancing, Flamenco, Spice
ITALY Gelato, Cinque Terra, Bella Lingua
GHANA Obamaland, Street Venders, Basket Balancing
SOUTH AFRICA Vibrant, Colorful, Safari, European Influence
ARGENTINA Theatrical, Beef, Antique, Gaucho Ranch
URUGUAY Simplistic, Slow, Warm, Beach, Spanish
BRAZIL Favela, Amazon, Rio, Collective, Humid
DOMINICA Warm, Snorkeling, Vegetation, Hot Springs
HOME Personal Space, Home, Freedom, Burgers
My adventures in South Africa began the third week of October, the same week I turned 22. I haven’t been to Disneyland but I imagine the cultural expression in South Africa could match the environment. In fact, it might have been overwhelming if it were not diluted by the angelic scenery.
My time was spent on a safari, roofing a house with Habitat for Humanity, and EATING. The food was clean and fresh. Spices were used to season meals as opposed to salts and fats. In my opinion the food was perfect.
I learned to use caution before attaching labels to any population. Almost every local citizen I came into contact with had assumptions about Americans. These assumptions were positive and negative and were often based upon someone that person met years ago. I caught myself attempting to make the same types of assumptions. I have found the truth to be that people are people everywhere, and they are generally good.