Monday, 05 September 2016 19:21

A multi-stop trip for the mind

I’ve just been on a wonderful holiday back home in green, green Austria – more precisely just outside Salzburg and then Vienna. The countryside was stunningly beautiful as always.

And I got there via Budapest and flew back via Kiev. The way to do this: by choosing the ‘multi-stop’ option on one of those flight search sites: much more adventure and culture, often for the same price as a direct flight.  Some diligent online research brought forth affordable transport and accommodation options.

Theoretically, I could have come back via much more distant places, but alas, time was an issue.

The whole trip was wonderfully, refreshingly mind-opening. So, in addition to suggesting to people that they should shop in old-fashioned shops, bring custom to traditional businesses, be positive about life… I’ll now add that everyone should go on ‘multi-stop’ trips to broaden that mind.

I obviously loved Budapest in all its pretty and neat greenness, Salzburg, which is home, Vienna, which always amazes with all the culture it has to offer and Kiev for its grand feel and the opportunity to let me ‘throw around’ my less than perfect Russian.

And I loved the train rides and flights in between for reminding me in what a tiny corner of the world we are tucked away here in Cyprus in every sense. I am still unable to decide if that’s a good or a bad thing.

However, my main sentiment was fascination. Fascination about how very different people are, their behaviour, perceptions, likes, dislikes… their attitudes towards each other.  Being around various cultures felt different in every city.

One acts more like an observer when not living in a place.  It is great practice to sit, watch and wonder, to compare people’s reactions, to think about one’s own.

I sat on tourist buses with Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Chinese and several other languages being spoken around me. I sat in coffee shops with a person of a different tone of skin colour in every chair. I found people of different nationalities to be efficient, inefficient, reserved, noisy, cheerful, impolite, charming…

More than once I caught my own thoughts as being ‘quite unreasonable and biased’ and, after my trip, I felt like my mind has just been on a refreshing long jog in the wonder world of different cultures and nationalities.

“I must do this more often,” I decided. In fact, everyone needs to do this more often. We cannot train that open mind by staying in the same environment. Go travel! Hit that multi-stop button!

Article as published in The Cyprus Weekly of August 26th 2016

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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