Thursday, January 15, 2009
Teaching in the Grammar School in Cyprus was an amazing experience, but it was not the only place I gained knowledge. Spending time in another country is an experience that I will never forget and taught me a lot about the world and myself. I knew going into this experience that I was going to have to adapt to the culture and be respectful to the people that lived there. I thought this was going to be a very difficult task, but the Cypriot people are known for their ability to make people feel at home.
We traveled all over Cyprus, which showed the many different aspects of Cyprus and different people as well. On a walk one day in Limassol, I met an old man that was looking for a walking partner that day. We walked down the sidewalk next to the beach for almost an hour and he told me his story. I still remember this very vividly because he explained how the Cypriots act as well as his traveling stories. He told me stories of traveling all over Europe and how he had been just about everywhere. I was so impressed by his stories and realized that traveling is now one of my goals in life.
I want to be able to experience the new cultures that I saw in Cyprus and meet many people. This experience allowed me to learn what is necessary in order to travel and taught me that I can do it. After spending a month in a half in Cyprus, I was also privileged enough to travel to Greece and Italy. I tried to take advantage of everything going on, but quickly realized that I was going to run out of money. I only had two weeks before I returned to Cyprus and then to the US, so I had to figure out a budget. I traveled with another girl that I had been teaching with and she was in the same situation, so we just set aside a day to hang out by the beach and figure out our plans.
One of the most important lessons I learned from this experience is that everything can change at any point. We changed our travel plans so many times to finally find one that fit our schedule and money. Traveling taught me so many life lessons that I feel many miss out on. Everyone should travel, even if it’s only around your own country.