Ever since I moved to the Netherlands, my Mum has been planning to come down here for a visit. Little did we know that it would take almost two years before she actually did so. She eventually came to the Netherlands this past summer, and she was here for just under a week; and together we explored parts of the country that even I hadn't seen yet.
I'd assumed that we would book a hotel here in the Hague for the duration of her stay, but she wanted something different; and so we ended up staying at the SS Rotterdam.🛳
Someone once told me that the best way to get to know a person is by travelling with them to a different place; and after the experiences I've had so far travelling with family and friends, I couldn't agree more. You learn a lot about a person - and they learn a lot about you - when in a different environment from the one you're both used to. In some cases, the experience can work against a friendship, but in other cases, it can enrich it - just as it did with mine & Kanyali's. 👯😊
Ever since I can remember I've loved travelling. Discovering new places, and experiencing different cultures has always fascinated me. From the first time I left my home country, I have felt at home wherever I went - regardless of how much of a misfit I was there. My eagerness to learn what I could about this new place overtook my fear of being surrounded by so much unfamiliarity; I would try my best to catch every sound, and take in everything I possibly could with my eyes before I had to look away and keep moving.
It hadn't occurred to me that not everyone feels this way until a friend asked me,
"How do you do it? How are you so comfortable living among strangers in a foreign land? Don't you get scared at all? Don't you hate the feeling of being away from everything that's so familiar to you?"
I find it easier and more effective to write down how I feel rather than to say it.
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