Recently, I had the opportunity to travel abroad for the 104th Rotary International Convention and Rotaract Pre-Convention in Lisbon, Portugal.
Eye opening is an understatement.
Convention aside (of which I gained a lot of great information, perspective, understanding of Rotary and the initiatives associated with the organization including Polio, Water, Sanitation, and more.), I believe I learned some very valuable lessons for me personally.
I did a LOT of this during my time in Lisbon. Being in a foreign country where one doesn’t speak the language can create some barriers.Luckily, I was A) staying with a friend and B) I had a cheat sheet of basic phrases. Still though, it didn’t help that I was little directionally challenged for about a day. I’ll be honest, my map reading skills had dwindled due to the joys of GPS. Don’t worry, I gained my bearings and got around just fine. Other than constantly getting lost.
Anyhow, get lost. I found so much more by just getting out and walking around than I would have following a specific tour. Why? Getting lost helps you discover something. You.
I haven’t had a break since 2011. (Sure I’ve had small trips, but nothing like this.) This trip was the first trip in my life in which I went alone.
What is it about world travel that changes perspective so much? I plan to explore this for a bit on here.
Also, if you would like to see pictures from my trip, please click here or click on the tab above, labeled “Far From Idle’s Travels”.
I also included a poll. I’m curious to hear what changes occurred within you when you went overseas. I included a section that says other. If you would, please include a reason as to why it did or did not change you.
Far From Idle
Come. Fond out why.