This article was written by Connor Edward Mc Grane upon his return from Greece and Italy this spring.
He writes about how his trip abroad changed his perspective and helped him gain a global perspective.
Anti-evil spirit jewelry and decorations were sold throughout Greece.
In the United States, we aren’t that superstitious, so it was amazing to see this. In the United States, we seem to think we are accustomed to all different types of food since it’s very easy to find a Mexican, Italian, Chinese, or Greek restaurant.
One feature of Roman culture I found interesting was that they air dry their clothes. Another interesting thing was how superstitious the Italians are.
In the United States, we would find this as a hassle since we like to get things done fast. Our tour guide provided us with a lesson on hand gestures not to make, as the Italians will take it as if you are casting the “evil eye” on them.Traveling makes you realize that’s alright because there are other people in the world that would think your way of doing things is “weird.” The most fun part of traveling is experiencing different cultures.New food, new music, new language, it’s so amazing how different it can be from ours.However, these foods are quite different when made in their home countries. when we think of a city we think of something like New York City, huge skyscrapers, and buildings made out of glass.The true Greek Gyro had a much different sauce than the yogurt sauce used here and Gelato made in the states tastes like ice milk. This is what I expected to see when I traveled to Europe for the first time. There wasn’t a skyscraper in sight, and most of the buildings were extremely old.Our tour guide took us into one home in Athens where a man redid his basement to find a huge pot which was over 2,000 years old. Coming from Long Island, I have only seen a few mountains in my lifetime.Being in Delphi, a city in the mountains of Greece, was breathtaking.At the end of her farewell, she said “Even if you decide that you never want to travel again…Remember what you saw, and that you are all so lucky to have been born in the United States of America.America truly is the land of opportunity, a meritocracy. Never forget that.” This truly stuck with me and made me realize how lucky I am.We’re always looking for contributors, so let us know in the comments section below!It is hard for me to remember much about my first trip abroad (to Egypt, namely) because it was about fifteen years ago and I was almost a child at that time, so a lot of memories have been lost somewhere on the way.