“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ~St. Augustine
Go to Europe and come home healthier than you arrived.
So far, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Europe three times, and to host students from Australia twice while I was in high school. I’ve visited Canada and 11 states outside of Washington, where I live.
It’s a Large World
All of this travel has humbled me. I feel so blessed to have had these opportunities in my lifetime and I truly think that seeing more of the world has helped me to better understand just how huge this world of ours is.
I’ve also seen how differently we live, here in the US.
It seems to me, that around the world people generally live much more active lives and eat smaller portions of more natural foods.
In Italy, pasta is a side dish to meat and vegetables, not a main dish
In Norway, a special occasion is celebrated with a simple cake frosted with whipped cream and berries, not extra-sugary frosting
In Australia, the largest size drinks at Starbucks are the same size as the smallest in the US
In France, a platter of a variety of cheeses may be passed around after dinner for everyone to taste, not to enjoy as an entire new meal
In Greece, no one hesitates to wear a bikini, no matter their size, and every beach is a nude beach
Having the opportunity to see ways in which other cultures approach their food choices is eye-opening. Personally, it made me want to change my every-day choices.
If you ever have the chance to visit a foreign country, don’t hesitate, jump on the opportunity! Observe the way that other cultures approach life, fitness & nutrition. Join in, ask questions, change your perspective!
If you’ve traveled internationally before, send me an email! Have you made similar observations? Was your experience entirely different?
Thanks for for the Link-Up, Paula!