I‘ve been for fortunate to travel to many places that are very different from my hometown. I even got to live somewhere that was fairly different.
During two family vacations we went on cruises in the Caribbean that made stops at nearly ten ports between the two. Some of the islands were more like the US than others.
In Cozumel, Mexico there was a Dairy Queen and some other American chains right at the port. Other islands were less American and were much poorer than the United States.
The one that stood out the most to me was Ocho Rios, Jamaica. When we got off the boat at Port it was dirty, run down and seemed liked there were slums nearby. It was heart breaking. It made me realize how lucky I am to live in the United States and particularly in the area I live in.
In contrast with that area was one of the coolest places I’ve ever been and one of the most amazing things I’ve ever gotten to do.
Dunn’s River Falls is a naturally beautiful place. It’s an incredible waterfall that has natural steps that allow you to climb and walk up the waterfalls.
I wish I would have had more time to spend in Ocho Rios and see more of what makes up the city. Often we when travel we don’t see enough of what makes up another city, state or country.
With a Starbucks on every corner and almost every town having national fast food chains, the world and country has become more homogenized. Celebrating differences, tasting cuisines from other cultures and learning about those cultures is what makes the United States great.
Too many people don’t get to experience life different from their own and/or interact with people they are different than them.
If we all learned to experience cultures and people different from our own it would help greatly to alleviate the hate that has seemed to rise in the last few years globally.