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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

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

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

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 1160 posts) 8y

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

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

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

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

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