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Are you being yourself in a foreign country?

Travel Forums General Talk Are you being yourself in a foreign country?

1. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

What are some of the stuff you'll find yourself voluntarily doing in a foreign country that you'll not do at home?

I remember when I was in Paris, I was visiting the museums and I actually sat down to admire some of the paintings. Now, this is certainly something I won't do in my country! I have to be dragged to the museums!

What transforms us when we are overseas? Do we become uninhibited because we know people there don't recognise us?

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Quoting spongehead

I remember when I was in Paris, I was visiting the museums and I actually sat down to admire some of the paintings. Now, this is certainly something I won't do in my country! I have to be dragged to the museums!

Haha, that reminds me of myself :) Although truth be told I do visit museums in Oslo too, but only when we have visitors from overseas and I'm showing them around LOL

3. Posted by leong1 (Full Member 89 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I think time has something to do with it. When at home and you feel rushed at weekends. The last thing you want to do is sit down for a hour thinking how nice a painting ect is. And you dont have time in the week because of work. While away i feel that you can enjoy the smaller things in life with no massive sense of having to be somewhere by a certain time.

I have to admit while away sometimes i enjoy just sitting in a cafe and watching the world go by. Its a nice feeling to think that your not on a lunch break and dont have to clock watch.

4. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1162 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Quoting leong1

I have to admit while away sometimes i enjoy just sitting in a cafe and watching the world go by. Its a nice feeling to think that your not on a lunch break and dont have to clock watch.

It's funny but I just wrote in another thread how much I enjoy the fact that when you're away you usually don't have to rush to your next appointment ;). Being somewhere foreign makes you so much more relaxed in a way but I also find that I'm less spontaneous if I don't speak the language that is spoken in the country. Organizing things gets a little more complicated if you have to use gestures for communication. By saying that I just realize I'm probably less 'uptight' when I go travelling .

[ Edit: Edited on May 15, 2008, at 5:15 AM by steff ]

5. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I go always when I travel to the hairdresser.
all my friends think that I'm crazy to do this going for a haircut somewhere without knowing how you will look afterwards.
till now it was always ok,no bad results.I never go to a fancy place,I like it to sit in this tiny almost livingroom like "salons".
and how sounds this: got my last haircut at the End of the world
Ushuaia/Fireland ?
now my friends ask me not where I will travel next time,now they ask where will you have your next haircut.

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7. Posted by e7843 (Budding Member 36 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

When I was in Macau ( First time travel alone) spend more than 3 in the museum, half afternoon & 2 evenings in St Dominic Church, half morning n A-Ma Temple.

That was the most relaxed trip I ever had.

8. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Quoting e7843

When I was in Macau ( First time travel alone) spend more than 3 in the museum, half afternoon & 2 evenings in St Dominic Church, half morning n A-Ma Temple.

That was the most relaxed trip I ever had.

I don't think you spend this length of time at museums in your own country, do you? :)

9. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Never drink Chang or Singha beers in Thailand but running around Tokyo to look for those beers.