Another abstract, yet important idea that I have been thinking more about while traveling across the world has been the development of language. Specifically, how much friction in economic/social/political progress is there because of the lack of a universal language?
I landed in Xi’an the other day for my second ever solo international travel. If you do not know much about Xi,an, China, well, neither did I.
This is an overdue post about one of the single best experiences I have had while traveling abroad. This is a post about someone I met a few weeks back while in Taiwan.
One thing I am consistently amazed by is just how widespread American brands are all over the world. In particular, and I think I have written about this before, I am always bewildered every time I see that all too iconic nike swoosh in the most bizarre of places.
As I have been traveling over the past few months, I have also begun to appreciate the tiny luxuries that make life 100x easier. I have written some initial thoughts about this before, but I really want to emphasize just how eye-opening and truly transformative it can be to put yourself in a situation that is even just slightly different from your comfort zone.
I have spent the past few days traveling solo (my first time ever traveling internationally alone) across Central Vietnam. I have really just stayed in Hoi An and (by the time you are reading this) have taken an 8 hour motorbike journey to Hue.
One of the most obvious observations I immediately made when walking around the streets of Shanghai was just how many rows of bicycles I saw cluttering the sidewalks. I have seen these “bikesharing” clusters before, especially in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York City, but never to this magnitude.