If there is one quote that I have found to be true while traveling around the world over the past several years to be true, this is it!
“Knowing it and seeing it are two different things.”
I have stayed in many 5 star resorts in countries with thriving economies and I have stayed in hostiles and guest houses in developing countries. Much of what I have seen has been good and reinforced and or enhanced my knowledge of history as my trips to Paris. I wanted to be an Anthropology major while in college, but my parents weren't thrilled with that idea so I majored in Biochemistry and graduated with a minor in Anthropology.
I desperately wanted to see the world - and not just the beautiful touristy parts, but I really wanted to learn about the culture of the many countries I've visited and see what is "below the surface". I'm very glad and know I'm very fortunate to have visited all seven continents and seen as much of the world as I have. At this point, however, I still want to travel as much as possible, but will be staying in the first world during my immediate future travels. The overpopulation and poverty I witnessed in Indonesia , Tanzania, and Vietnam have stymied my curiousity for the time being.
How long will this last? My lack of interest in seeing EVERYWHERE and not just the "pretty places" will probably not last long! I have already been researching some very out of the way places that are NOT considered tourist destinations. I guess my point is really very simple. Traveling teaches you so much as well as opens your eyes!
Visiting AIDS families in Tanzania:
I used my small camera not my DSLR to take these photos. The group I was traveling with had permission to take their photos. I could have used my bigger camera, it was just a personal choice of mine to use my point and shoot...and to only take one quick photo.
Trying to help a stray very young pregnant cat in Bali, Indonesia. I called a vet paid $40 and fed it sugar water all day. I left her that night with my night gown and AirAisa blanket because I was scheduled to return to the US that day :(
Vietnam - looking out my hotel window
I'm sure it won't be long before I'm saying this again:
"I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center."
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