Cultural differences can be interesting. Cultural differences can be fun. Cultural differences can be difficult to understand...
I have been traveling in Germany, Switzerland and England. I have learned about new foods and cultures and traditions. I have learned about the differences in how the Europeans and the British express their culture and I have learned there are many ways all these cultures both clash and blend.
When we first arrived in Munich airport and I drove straight to the home of my Greek cousin. My dear and sweet cousin gave us such a welcome indeed! His comfortable and lovely home was filled with the familiar feel of a family home. He had Greek icons lining walls and collections of Greek art displayed in cases and on surfaces. The smell of gorgeous, homemade food wafted from the kitchen and he was generous and proud; just like ALL my relatives. We shared stories of our family island home, Samos and he gave me a brief lesson in the Greek language. We walked the streets of his town and he pointed out sights and areas of interest. Our visit ended all too soon but his love and kindness will be carried with me, always.
We next drove through Bavaria, took a tour of a brewery and then to Regensburg for a week. I had a good and leisure explore of the town and tastes and people of this well-preserved and romantic city. From here to Munich for the train ride that would take us to Switzerland and the home of long time friends. They welcomed us with special treats and local wine and warm hugs. Their home was cleverly designed and utilized where every area had a purpose but did not sacrifice aesthetic. Walls are closets or cabinets, color is used cleverly to accentuate the space and the inside is warm and welcoming. There are differences between a Swiss home and an American home to be sure but love is universal.
From Switzerland to England I went to reunite with dear, dear friends and then our older daughter, Alyssa, how has come to study for the Term at Sussex University. Going to England felt like coming to a second home thanks to the lovely people we are connected to and the many kindnesses Alyssa and I have been shown. Leaving our Golden Girl here to study is scary but exciting. Alyssa will face her Term with joy and excitement. Alyssa is ready to expand her cultural horizons and understanding of our global community.
Avid home cook and passionate instructor