One of the blessings of travel is getting a wider perspective than can usually be obtained by staying put in the United States. In our travels, we’ve met lovely people from the U.K., South Africa, Australia, Italy, France and other places (not to mention many from the U.S. itself) who have broadened our horizons and helped us to understand ourselves better as we saw our country through their eyes.
This trip was no different.
Sitting at one of the main dining rooms on the second night of our cruise, we began to talk with the couple sitting next to us – a lovely pair from South Africa. We were fascinated by them and their perspective of the United States and other world events. One thing led to another and we wound up eating with this same couple several times over the course of our cruise and enjoying their company dramatically.
The best part is that, without thinking about it, when you meet and befriend people from all over, you grow – you learn more about you, and about your place in the world, and it stretches you.
It’s one of the reasons I love travel so much.