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Author: Subject: "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness."
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[*] Post 353753 posted on 16-10-2008 at 21:39 Reply With Quote
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness."

Mark Twain

Where have you been outside of your own country and what have you learned that changed your outlook on life?
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[*] Post 353762 posted on 16-10-2008 at 21:54 Reply With Quote

I've been in Mexico a couple of times but only fleetingly.

I lived in Italy, and learned... so much!

That there is no English word that adequately conveys "simpatico" and that is a very great loss...

That there is something remarkable about a lanugage literal enough to call a typewriter a "machine you hit" and a car a "machine (you drive)" but mainly just a "machine"

That no one minds if the bus is late, if it's made late by the driver taking a grandmother off his bus and putting her on the right one - and everyone will tell him his mother should be proud of him.

That tourists from all over the world are much the same - but you tend to be most critical of those whom you can understand when they say ridiculous things....

I've lived here now, longer than I lived in the US.

I've learned ... again, so much!

The reason English cooking has such a bad reputation is that if you want GOOD cooking in England, you go to someone's home, not a restaurant. The best is kept in the family.

That "English" is a lot of languages... the variations just within a few hundred miles here, are immense. And that some dialects are being lost, which is sad.

That history is not a set, simple thing.
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[*] Post 353769 posted on 16-10-2008 at 22:11 Reply With Quote

"machine you hit"

Why, anyone would have thought that would be a computer!:D

I have not spent any significant time physically outside the United States. That is one reason my friends here at KF are important to me, as an enrichment to my life.waveysmiley
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