Nov 1, 2022
I grew up in a small, rural town in Connecticut and attended Colby College in the small Maine city of Waterville. Traveling to France kicked off my junior year abroad, and it opened my eyes to the world outside of New England.
I visited all of the most famous spots in Paris with a professor from the Sorbonne. It was on those tours of la Ville Lumière that I fell in love with French art, literature and other cultural staples.
France also opened a door to the rest of Europe. While in Paris, I bought a Eurail Pass, so I had the chance to travel to the area in Germany — just outside Stuttgart — where my father’s mother was born. I met a lot of my German aunts, uncles and cousins. The table was filled with schnitzel, and the beer flowed.
My experiences in Europe taught me that, as much as people can be proud of different cultures and customs, people are alike in so many ways. We are more alike than we are different, no matter where we’re from. People just want to be acknowledged and respected, regardless of their culture.
The article read in this episode originally appeared on the Forbes Agency Council CommunityVoice™ in June 2019.
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