For my 1st trip overseas to Europe I read and researched like never before.
I, more or less, knew what to expect when I got there and at first it was exactly what I expected.
Germany and Austria were very similar to places I’ve been to in the U.S.
Prague, Czech Republic definitely made me step back and think “Ok, this isn’t something you see everyday”; but it really wasn’t until I arrived in Venice, Italy where I experienced my first bit of culture shock.
A whole city on water with no automobiles(and a whole bunch of old people everywhere) pretty much blew me away.
Venice may also be the best city to get “lost” in because you really can’t get too lost.
You can only go so far before you come to a dead end and face nothing but water.
The transportation is also really fun.
The “city bus” is a Vaporetti and that takes you across the water to places you can’t reach on foot.
I could definitely see this as being a very interesting/challenging way of life during huge storms; but I was there on a nice, hot, humid day and the weather was great.
It was a treat every time I had to take a Vaporetti somewhere.
I also loved how some of the buildings just seemed to rise right out of the water.
Some peoples kitchen windows were just 2 meters above the water.
I’m sure the flooding there sucks, but it was cool to see from where I was.
It was exciting to finally see a place that was really foreign to me; with buildings, architecture, “streets”, and a way of living that was something I never experienced before.
I can’t really say there were too many other places that I traveled to in Europe that brought that same feeling over me, maybe there were some subtle nuances, but nothing too big.
And that is one reason why I can’t wait to get to Asia. I know I will see and experience some things that will seem absolutely alien to me.
Embrace the change. Step back, take it all in and revel in it.
What was the 1st country to really give you a bit of culture shock?
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