Cultures necessarily help us to understand how other people think. A culture is, according to the Oxford dictionary, “the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society.” Important parts of a society include the language they speak, the food they eat, the plans of their cities, and their form of government.
In my case I have always had a fascination with different countries. My dad is from a town in Southern Spain and my maternal grandparents are from County Down, Northern Ireland. These connections provided me with exposure to two different European cultures. Of course Europe isn’t everything, it’s not even close to that. There’s much more to the world than what we’re initially exposed to and in order to get a bigger picture of our fellow man it is both important and advantageous to do some investigating of our own.
One of the most valuable aspects of life in the United States of America is the multicultural society we have. In many ways we are a large-scale United Nations. Every single American has a connection to a foreign country, giving everyone else a little insight into the world. Perhaps this is a part of the reason why we travel so frequently. Someone might have the desire to visit Japan because their neighbours have Japanese origins and they want to learn more about it.
This blog will explore various foreign cultures with the end of providing its readers with, if not the inspiration to travel, a bit more knowledge about the way people live in countries only ever mentioned on the news or in documentaries.
John Michael Martínez Dillon – Washington, D.C.