The Mirror / A Message to All Humans

-“Heyo! How are you today?”
-“Good… what do you want today?”
-“Nothing. This is just your daily reminder to think about your future – Are you happy with your life?”
-“Yes! …I mean, I was enjoying my day, until now.”
-“Good, I’m glad I got your attention. I need you to go look in the mirror right now!”
-“…Why?”
-“Just do it!”
-“…ok, ok, I’m looking at myself, now what?”
-“What do you see?”
-“…myself?”
-“Are you sure that the person you see, is YOU? Is that person someone you’re proud to be?”
-“…ya… I guess?”
-“What do you mean ‘I guess’?”
-“I never really thought about it before…”
-“Good! So, what do you see now?”
-“…”

-A conversation between us and our thoughts.-

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What do YOU see every time you look in the mirror?
Do you see someone with big hopes and dreams?
Do you see someone with drive and purpose?
Do you see someone with nothing left?
Do you see a successful person?
Do you judge and make fun of yourself every time you look in the mirror?

Well, whatever it is you see in the mirror, that is what you reflect, back into this world, so make sure that when you look in the mirror, you see someone wonderfully created for a greater purpose than you could ever dream of and understand.

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In society today, we always focus on the little details and “imperfections” of ourselves, but those “imperfections” are what make us unique and perfect. However, instead of thinking this way, whenever we look in the mirror, we usually focus on the following things:
“my face is fat, I have so much acne, my nose/stomach is too small/big, my eyebrows are never ‘on fleek’, I wish my eyes were a different colour, my shoulders look weird, my neck is too skinny/fat, my chin is weird, my teeth are too crooked/yellow, my hair has a mind of its’ own, my feet/hands are too big/small, my chest is too big/small, my thighs are too big/small, etc.”

Those sentences are all things humans tell themselves everyday. But, why? Why do we continuously torture ourselves? Who created this ideal of what humans must look, act and dress like?

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We need to stop torturing ourselves with the idea that “the ideal  human” exists’ because she/he doesn’t (straight-up, does not exist, sorry to burst your bubble but you will never be her/him). You will always be your perfect and unique self (that’s really what the ideal human is anyways, Being Yourself).

This phenomenon of “the ideal human” happens all over the world because every culture has a different way of seeing men and women, but, no matter what perspective you choose to find “the ideal human”, you will never find her/him. We are all different and we will never be the same.

~Let’s stop torturing ourselves with the idea of “the ideal human”, and start loving our differences/uniqueness!~

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If you’re dedicated to finishing this post and you’re still reading, I thought since you’re still here, I should tell you about what inspired this post (maybe the backstory will also inspire you even more).

So, this morning, I looked in the mirror and for some strange reason, I didn’t see myself.
I mean, I didn’t see that same person that’s been looking back at me all these years.
For some reason, the person looking back at me seemed different. And, at first it kinda felt weird. And, I’m still not even sure why I saw another person, but it made me realize something.
Every time I look in a mirror, I don’t look at myself. Instead, I look at all my “imperfections” because I’m curious and worried that they’re all other people see.
Instead of looking at the happy, positive person looking back at me, I look past those bright hopeful eyes and direct my attention to all my “imperfections”. I look at all the reasons I failed and all the reasons I’m not happy.

But, today, I looked in the mirror and ignored all those negative voices and looked directly into my eyes and for a split second, I saw a glimpse of hope and happiness in my life. I saw a completely different version of myself; one that I always want to see and be (those eyes seemed so hopeful and excited about the future. For once, I didn’t get curious about how I look, instead I got excited about my bright, successful future.)

And, it was in that moment that I realized that, that’s how I want to see myself from now on. I want to see a happy person that knows that her hopes and dreams aren’t stupid, and they will come true. I want the person starring back at me in that mirror to smile and be proud of what I’ve accomplished because I am doing the best I can and that’s all I’ll ever ask of myself. I want that person in the mirror to become my best friend and never my enemy.

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So, the reason I’m sharing this story with you is because I want you to know that if you’re doing your best, then you’re succeeding at life.

“Your best should make YOU happy and that’s all that should ever matter!”

So, after reading this long post:
1- I really appreciate it – THANK YOU!
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I want you to realize that you need to stop looking at your “imperfections”. Instead, when you look in the mirror, look into your eyes and imagine all your possible hopes and dreams coming true. The sooner you realize that your hopes and dreams will come true, the sooner you will find true happiness and start making those hopes and dreams come true.

~You are worth more than any of your imperfections, faults, and failures – YOU ARE TRULY AMAZING!~

Always believe and remember that truth, and your dreams will become reality. Just focus on them and never loose hope in your bright future.
And, if you can’t stand to look in the mirror, or you feel like your life is falling apart, or you feel like the worlds’ biggest failure; Remember that you deserve SO much because YOU ARE POWERFUL, STRONG, AND CAPABLE enough to get through anything and make your amazing dreams come true (you’ve made it this far😉).
All you need to do is dig deep inside yourself and find that amazing version of yourself and set if free. And, don’t let anyone tell you differently because if they hate on you, it just means they’re jealous and scared of your confidence.

~Make sure your living your life and no one else’s! ~
~I know it’s a cliché, but if you aim for the stars and love yourself – You will make all your dreams come true! ~


Thank you for reading this long post, I hope it inspires and encourages you!

 

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

Growing-Up…

I hate adulting! Growing-up Sucks!
Yes, sure, sometimes it’s cool, but sometimes it just sucks!

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Yes, it’s not the funnest thing ever, but you must learn to embrace it because saying ‘it sucks’ isn’t going to make you younger; you’re always going to be growing-up.
So, you might as well accept it and move on, and start to create a great life for yourself. 

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In high school, we think we know exactly what we want to do when we graduate, but once we graduate college, we realize we still really have no idea what we’re doing with our life. We just start winging it and waiting for something big to happen that will distract us from the fact that we’re growing up and everything is changing.

~No one teaches you what’s waiting for you in the real world!~

We aren’t innocent little children anymore, with our whole life ahead of us.
We are responsible for every decision we make for our future self. We have to seriously think about our future before making any decision.
Our relationship with our parents is changing. We don’t think we need them, but, deep down, we know we will always need them. But, we have to grow up because being an adult, society wants us to think about so many things without anyone to influence our decisions.

When we’re young, all we want to do is be older so we can be free to make our own decisions, but once we are adults, we understand what it really means; we don’t want to make any big decisions because it’s scary to have our whole future in our own hands; if we make just ONE mistake, it’s literally ALL our own fault (there’s no one to blame).

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Anyways, I’m not here to make you afraid of growing up and adulting (I know it’s scary enough); I’m here to tell you that:
Instead, of being scared and saying that growing-up sucks, you should learn to accept it, and learn who you are and what you really want. So, when you do make big life decisions, you are sure about them because you know it’s what you really want.\
I know it can be a very difficult task to figure out what you really want, but once you start winging it and trying new, different and scary things, you will find yourself very quickly and your life will become what you imagined as a child.

So, next time you find yourself saying: “growing-up sucks” or “I hate adulting” or “I wish I could be a kid again” or “this is a lot of work” (all those sentences are valid feelings); remember that saying those things is only making it worse for yourself.
Instead, you should work on discovering who you are and what you really want in life! Start learning how to make your kid dreams come true as an adult, because…

…Once the adult you makes one of your childish dreams come true, you will start loving yourself and your life as an adult!

One suggestion that I have for discovering yourself & what you want, is; to take a trip abroad because I’ve found that it’s the only sure way to find yourself.
Finding yourself in another country & culture will really show you what you really want for the rest of your life.
It will open your eyes to so much you didn’t know about yourself (& the world around you, which is a bonus).

 

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to find yourself and your true happiness in adult life! Remember:

~Do what makes YOU happy!~
&
~Make sure that you’re living YOUR life, and not someone else’s!~

 

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

 

Inner child…

~Sometimes it’s where your best ideas come from.~

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Always keep your childlike innocence and curiosity about the world. It just might save your life.

Sometimes, we all take life too seriously. We need to remember that we don’t always need to know everything. We don’t always need to be the best in the room; we just need to be the best version of ourselves. We don’t need to stop having fun once we reach a certain age; there will always be an inner child living inside of us.

I think too often we forget that we are all just trying to figure out this thing called life. We should stop being so hard on ourselves and others.

~Never loose your inner child because without it you wouldn’t enjoy life anymore!~
~Your inner child is what keeps you curious and laughing about life!~

. . .

Sometimes (on my commutes to work), I look around and notice everyone in the bus is either on their phones or laptops, and I think to myself: “People need to take a break from work because it will eventually make them completely loose their inner child.”.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, working hard is good, having a good work ethic, and making a successful life for yourself are all very good things to strive for in life. And, they all help you grow in life; and growth is important to feel accomplished and be happy.
But, if work starts taking over your life and starts taking away your happiness and you don’t know how to let your inner child-like spirit out anymore, maybe you should consider taking a break from work to let your inner child free.
Find something that you love to do, that will make you happy and excited; that will let your inner child strive for that moment. So, when you get back to work, you feel rejuvenated and ready to conquer life again.

You can’t keep it locked up forever or else it will eventually start to fade away!
Your inner child is where your true happiness comes from!
Let it out once in a while, and find the balance between work and ‘real’ play!

And, who knows maybe that one time that you let your inner child out, you might think of an amazing idea for that business meeting you’ve been dreading for a while.

~Your inner child could save your life, your happiness and your success!~

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Thanks for reading!
If you don’t know how to let your inner child free; I recommend traveling to someplace you know nothing about, so you can get lost like a child and be curious about the things around you!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

 

Half Full V.S. Half Empty

So, today’s been a very confusing day…

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I woke up being super positive and ready to conquer the day, but then, I checked my emails and read a message that really lowered my spirits.
I didn’t want to conquer the day anymore, I said: “what’s the point, something else like this will probably happen again today, and I don’t know if I can handle it twice in one day.”.

At first read through the email, I thought “well, that just ruined my year.”. I felt as if that message was the end of the world (over exaggerator alert) because it was about something I’ve been really looking forward to ALL year.
And, to be honest, until I started writing this, I was feeling very done with life (I didn’t know how to feel or what to do anymore).
After my little ‘pity party’, I realized that I can’t let this get to me because there are so many more opportunities out there waiting for me (even though I feel like this one was gonna be great, there will be better ones).

. . .

So, this morning, after that scenario, I realized I need to look at the glass as half full because if my life depends on one email, I will never be truly happy; I will start to give up too quickly and I will never reach my full potential.

Also, while writing this post, I am still pretty disappointed, sad and angry, but I got another message that revived my spirit a little, it just requires a little more patience than the other one (which is something I’m working on).

Like they say (I don’t know who ‘they’ are, but I hope ‘they’ are right):

“Great things come out of patience; Just keep a good attitude while waiting!”

So, I guess what I’m trying to say in this post, is that; although the first opportunity that comes your way might be the most exciting because it’s within reach; you can’t get discouraged and give up if it falls through because with a little more patience you will get an even better opportunity that’s waiting for you around the corner.

~Keep walking and turn the corner to that next opportunity!~

Because even though you think you waited forever for the first opportunity, just take it as practice to be patient for the next, better opportunity.

And, remember to, practice patience everyday!

The glass should always be half full because your life is in the works!
A
nd, when you work on something, it takes time; just like how it takes time to fill a glass with water; it takes time to make your life what you want.

~Never give up on your dreams!~
~Something better is coming!~
~Stay optimistic!~

Thanks for reading! I hope this gave you courage to stay optimistic about your future!


-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

 

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Dear millennials,

 

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Do you remember this computer? If yes, then the following letter is for you!

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Disclaimer: For you non-millennials out there, a millennial is defined as:
someone born between 1980-1990, and reaching adulthood in the early 21st century.
Let me reassure you that even if you are not a millennial, you will want to read the following letter.

. . .

Dear millennials,

     WAKE UP!!! THIS IS, YOUR WAKE UP CALL! Calling you back to reality!

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The internet is costing you, your life!

Yes! We know, you grew up with internet access at all hours of the day, but that doesn’t mean your life needs to depend on it. Trust me, You can turn it off for a few hours; and you won’t die.

~LET’S STOP THE LABELS!~

You can turn off the Wi-Fi and read a book, or write a letter to a friend (yes, those are still a thing that people do), especially if your friend lives far away or you haven’t seen or talked to them in a while (letters are better than just texting: “hey, sup?”. It means much more). I hope you agree. 

And, if it’s too difficult for you to turn off your internet at home, go somewhere far away where you won’t have internet access at all, for at least a few hours.

I recommend, going to another country, so you aren’t tempted to turn it back on, and where you can get outside and explore a new culture and have an amazing adventure, off the internet.

The reason I’m writing this letter and trying to wake you up is because, while researching what the media says about millennials for this post; I realized that most of the things they say are not very positive. The media thinks you rely on the internet for everything and that, if the internet disappeared, you would be completely lost (for some people that’s definitely true); Some of you millennials are taking this thing too far, you are using the media as an excuse to be on the internet all the time.

But, What if, the internet really did disappear for a day (or longer)? What would you do then?

I know what the media would do. They would rub it in your face and tell you “I told you so!”.
And, when that day comes you won’t be able to use it as an excuse anymore because they will be right and your life will actually become exactly what the media predicted.

Do you really want that to happen? Do you really want the media to control your life? Do you want the media to be right?

I hope you answered “no!” to those questions because you need to start taking charge of your life and ignoring the labels the media places on you. The media only places labels on you because they know you will agree and go along with everything they say.

~So, I say: “Let’s start ignoring the media and take charge of our own lives.
Let’s set ourselves and our futures up for success!”~

Whether you’re a millennial or not; If you’re with me on this, get off the internet for a few hours a day and go enjoy the world around you. It’s truly a beautiful world & you can learn a lot more than you can on the internet!

LET’S PROVE SOCIETY/THE MEDIA WRONG!
Let’s prove to them that we don’t need the internet for everything!
(because deep down we know they are actually wrong and we know that we actually can survive without internet for at least a few hours a day)

Sincerely,

A Fellow Millennial that doesn’t agree with the labels society has placed on us (they’re not all 100% accurate, but some definitely are) & I think we need to change that.

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Thanks for reading!
If you agree with anything stated above, share this post (if you want)!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Traveling…

So, if you don’t know, I love traveling for multiple reasons.
They are mentioned here: https://nowboardingweb.wordpress.com/about/

I also just wanted to share this picture for any other travel enthusiast that can relate to it:

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 That’s all for this post! Thanks for reading!

-Live For Adventure! 🙂

Liebster Blog Award

My second nomination for a blogging award?!? Say, what?!
Who would of thought? (not me, that’s for sure!)

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When I started this blog, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, but now, I love writing.
I also expected maybe 2-3 people to read it; I never would have imagined having many followers, let alone award nominations.
To be honest, I didn’t know it was actually a thing until my previous nomination.

And, then I got this nomination and couldn’t believe it. I thought the last one was going to be my only one (just random); well  I guess I was wrong, & I’m glad I was because it reminded me of how much I’ve come to love blogging/writing.
The first thing I did when I got the nomination was google what ‘Liebster’ meant and here’s what I found: (der) n. sweetheart, beloved person, darling…

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I was nominated by MrHushHush Entries who’s blog could be categorized as… inspirational & thought provoking, along with some short-stories. He also has a published book, which is an amazing accomplishment (go send him some encouragement for that because it’s definitely not easy).

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10 Questions from MrHushHush Entries

  1. Why did you start blogging/writing?
    I don’t really know exactly what made me start blogging/writing. I think I was just tired of having so much on my mind and no one to tell them to. I just wanted a place to write it all down (and a journal just didn’t entice me); I think deep down I wanted to share my thoughts with like-minded people who would understand all my crazy thoughts.
    I also wanted to share my adventures with like-minded people that would be encouraged by my adventures because I love traveling and I want others to know that traveling is an amazing experience.
  2. Who or what inspires you the most?
    Traveling, and everything that comes with it (learning & exploring different places & cultures) inspire most of my posts.
    Also, tough times in life (because they give me good ideas for thought-provoking content). Writing about them also helps me get through them.
  3. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be, and why?
    I would be on a plane heading anywhere in the world (literally, anywhere; my bucket list goal is to go to every country).
  4. What thoughts make you happy? Very happy.
    Traveling! Being free to live out of a suitcase and travel the world is my goal.
  5. How do you look at the mistakes you make?
    Learning opportunities. And, good content for a blog post.
  6. Who is your favorite fictional character?
    I don’t have one (I’m more into reality shows; & YouTube).
  7. What is one book you’d recommend for me to read?
    Ummm…good question.
    I don’t read a lot, but, recently someone recommended that I read these 2 books: “How To Be A Bawse” & “The Art of Pretending to be a Grown Up”.
    Although, they are light-hearted and ‘silly’ books, they really made me want to take my life in my own hands and start really living my life to the fullest. 
    So, I guess I would copy that person and recommend those as well.
  8. Is there anything that you’re looking forward to right now? If so, what? If not, find something 🙂
    Yes. I recently applied for a Teaching English Homestay program in Chile, & I cannot wait to get to live there for 3 months with a Chilean family and experience as much of the culture as I can, while living in another country.
  9. What’s a big fear of yours, and how do you cope with it?
    Rejection. I feel like once people know the real me, they won’t like me.
    So, I have a hard time opening up to people (they think I’m being quiet because I’m shy, but really, I have a lot to say, I just don’t want to give them a reason to reject me).
    I don’t really know how I cope with it. I guess, answering this question is a way to cope because it’s helping me open up about it. And, I guess this blog was my way to start trying to cope with it. 
  10. Are you a cat or a dog person?
    I don’t really want any pets, but if I was ever to get one; it would probably be a small dog (not a Great Dane, something like a Yorkie or a Pomeranian).

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10 Facts about me

  1. I LOVE traveling! (like SOOOO much; my dream is to visit every country in the world)
  2. I can speak 3 1/2 languages (So far, I am fluent in English, French & Spanish; I’m working on the forth one, Cantonese).
  3. When I was 11/12, I broke my left middle finger & knuckle; and, since I was young, the doctors put me in a cast up to my elbow for THREE weeks (til this day my finger is still crooked). 
  4. I have a younger sister (who is also my best friend; next to my mom, of course).
  5. My favorite colour is light-blue.
  6. Unlike popular opinions, I actually enjoy dark chocolate.
  7. I HATE being cold (I’d much rather sweat all the time, than be cold for even a second).
  8. I NEED to travel at least once a year (if not, I go crazy).
  9. I’m scared that I’ll never get my dream job.
  10. I crave spontaneous adventures daily (I want to wake up every morning and do something different than the day before, the 9-5 job life is not for me).

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My Nominations

  • Rays of Inspiration & Motivation
  • Snap, Travel and Pop
    They are traveling the world while writing about where they’ve been and what they did there. They inspire me to keep my love for traveling and exploring different cultures of the world. Their posts are inspiring because they add a lot of pictures with recommendations on things to do; which really makes the reader want to visit that place. If you visit their blog, you will definitely discover one place you want to visit in the world.
  • Pro Kind Project
  • Words in the Light
  • Evelina Di Lauro

Your questions:

  1. Why did you start blogging/writing?
  2. What inspires you to write?
  3. What’s one thing you hope that people take away after reading your blog?
  4. Where in the world do you wish you were, right now?
  5. Are you a coffee or tea person?
  6. What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
  7. What’s your favorite food?
  8. What are you most afraid of?
  9. What’s one life lesson you will never forget?
  10. What country do you need to visit one day?

Here’s the rules, now that you’re nominated!

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  3. Write a 150-300 word post about your favorite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  4. Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (This year I’m making this optional. If you wish to engage with your readers it’s a great idea to include random facts about you).
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award.
  6. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or simply link to this post.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to.
  7. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post or mine (Jack Henry) if you don’t have all the information, so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)
    Post a comment in the comments below (on the website https://theglobalaussie.com/blog/liebster-award-2017/ ) so I (Jack Henry) can view your post and check out your blog. I (Jack Henry) personally visit each and everyone. I (Jack Henry) visited a few hundred last year!!!

Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

 

 

Coffee Shops…

I wrote a post earlier (last month) about Grocery Stores and how much you can learn about a culture by visiting a grocery store.
So, I recommend that before you read any further, you should go read that post.
Here’s the link: The Grocery Store

So, I’m sitting here, in this very diverse coffee shop.
I come to this place every morning to get coffee before going to work, and I sit down for a bit and I find myself looking around at the people walking in and out.
And, I realize that we are all here for the same reason.
However…
Although, we are all here for the same reason this morning, we are all very different.
We are all ordering something different, going to different jobs, we all come from different backgrounds, we all have different views of the world, etc.
But…
Even through all those differences, we are all living in the same city, taking a bus/tax to get our morning coffee before going to work.

The previous scenario is relevant for wherever you are in the world because when you sit down in a local coffee shop in a new country and watch people walk in and out; you can learn a lot about the culture.
Watching the type of people walk in and out of a local coffee shop can teach you a lot about the diversity of that culture because you will start to notice that even though we are a diverse world we aren’t all that different (e.g. we all want our morning coffee/breakfast).

That is why I love to visit local coffee shops in a new country because it’s a great way to learn about the culture of a country.

The menu in a local coffee always has some similar things that I can recognize (like, coffee or tea), but there’s always a specific item that’s popular in that country.
And, that specific item can usually tell you a lot about a culture.

For example, in coffee shops in North America, there might an item that is sold in every coffee shop (like, donuts) because donuts are said to go with coffee in the morning in North America.
However, other countries might have another item that they sell in every coffee shop (like, croissants/baguettes in Europe that are sold everywhere).
Croissants/Baguettes in Europe are like donuts in North America.

Every country has one item they sell everywhere that represents that countries’ culture!

So, next time you are in a new country; Visit a local coffee shop and order the most popular item. Chances are that item will be something unconventional to you, which means that it will teach you a lot about the country and the culture.

Thanks for reading! I hope this inspired you to travel and try new things to learn more about different cultures!

-LiveForAdventure! 😊