East or West?

Where would you like to travel? You might be afraid of visiting the wilderness as some might call it, otherwise, you would not be hesitating a bit to venture into the lands of the East despite your resourcefulness and wit. Most of those beliefs are pure tosh, and whether you like it or not, perhaps the former, each of those lands is populated with people and not white bears walking the streets as many would be willing to believe. The further east you venture the more myths you should be able to dispel by simply going places. The East is as attractive as the West in many unique respects which could finally be the winning argument why the whole world is worth even a second look.

Stereotypes

We all live and are fed with stereotypes early on even if we witness evidence as day goes by and we reach to read a book on foreign lands. The differences are more visible when you finally reach those lands to settle down there for some time. How much of the stereotyping is true in the end? Indeed, not without reason, a term cultural shock has been coined. Funnily enough, you could feel it even in your own country, when you start living on your own and need to move through the thicket of Ilaws and paragraphs and difficult people’s interpretations of the reality. That is why many people feel homesick and cannot beat the feeling despite their best intentions and willigness to press on. However, plenty of foreigners stay put as they discover the natural beauty of the place and people themselves. They remain, marry and remarry, and settle for good in their second home. So in that case how much of that is a part of a stereotype? Who really believes them? You are only going to find in places what you are looking for, that is a given, psychologically speaking. People are early in life trained to confirm their beliefs or their bias evn if they are not naturally aware of it. They just believe their beliefs are the only truth, and no story from anyone is going to make any change or a dent in their thinking. It is going to be there and remain for long till the day their day.

If you are traveling without a particular reason in mind, then the whole world is your oyster, and you can be simply an armchair traveler if you please, but some might ask why moving on at all if you discover so little in the East? The traveling simply starts in your mind, as you discover the passion for the unknown. We want to make the unknown ours, own it, mark it as the territory we covered. It is like conquering but only in your mind’s eye. Is that traveling or just moving sightlessly and spinelessly? Those questions are for you to address.

Top Sights in the Middle Europe

Perhaps you might be looking for some new places to explore and your pick is Middle Europe but you have very little idea where to start. Here are some of the tips you could benefit from (this is coming from someone who has been to some of the places there).

Top Sights

The greatest gem of the city chosen by first time visitors is Prague which is conveniently located and connected with other major cities of the region. From there you may want to head for Cracow or other capital cities and more. Why concentrate on the cities like this? Say you have been a person from a larger place then those places should have everything you are used to having, and we do not mean cold beer only.

The People

The international crowd flooding the cities means you will not have any difficulty making new acquaintances from around the world and not the local people only, which is somewhat a disappointment for those who come expecting to interact more with the locals. Those however would be leaving the crowded cities in search of calmer regions looking to quench their own thirst of traveling. All in all, an international mix would mean you can pretty much expect anything to happen and a great variety of the creatures flocking to bars and picking up girls and men alike. When it comes to service, simply try some tourist traps (why not? You came here as a tourist after all.) and then venture into those alleys where you might finally come across a local person who you can easily talk somebody up, but mind you, the level of English varies greatly and surely you cannot really expect people especially in their late 60 and up to be speaking it fluently. What of the atmosphere? With great numbers of people visiting the areas you cannot really know a tourist from a resident especially in the summer, however, in some countries in the regions people might be typically humorless, which improves after a round of beer and without a smile, which does not appear only until later, when you sort of get used to know them a bit. Other than that most folks are really kind in nature but at least in greater cities you won’t have the issue of plenty of faces staring at you if you are by any chance peculiarly dressed and exhibit some wacky behaviors.

The Weather

The rule is basically very simple, the further south you choose to travel the hotter the weather gets, though the gods of summer might be more appeased if you spend enough dollars in their honor. Just kidding.
In the end, if you choose a city to stay in, then you just can’t choose wrong. There is plenty of activities for anyone who is willing to keep their wits about them and be smart about traveling.

Tourist vs Traveler

Surely you know the old difference between a seasoned traveler and a tourist? The former is more interested in understanding a kind of life natives people lead and immerse himself in that particular context he is aiming to be a part of, it is getting more into the local people’s head and seeing the world through their lives as you carry water on your back and do not mind the discomfort. It is interacting on a very personal level, bringing your perspective into the mix, solving the ever intriguing riddles that have long hanged about at the back of your mind, rarely answered by the travelers you have had the pleasure of listening to as they had their own perspective and they moved about in places you have failed yet to see. The construct the people have about the world cannot be easily seen at first, to truly understand another person’s view and their view of the world as shaped by the place they were born in is going to take some time. That experience can never be deep enough if you are simply going through a place like you did a thousandth time before.

Which Category Are You?

A tourist looks and admires but wants to be comfortable in their cosy hotel room. Any difficulty takes away the pleasure of visiting the place, no matter how beautiful it is. The grander the monument the better the vision, but what really does not matter is the people and the country. A tourist listens to the guide but soon forgets and does not really see the purpose of grasping the whole context. Many people actually do so, which is why the tour leader is always at hand, but what they want is to be fascinated by the world they are seeing, too many facts would kill the joy, which is why the personality here plays a greater part than bare facts unless you come across a real history buff who is going to demand things from you at any price.

Perhaps dividing people into categories misses the point, typically, a very specific type of people become true traveler, those with the spirit, love of journeying, and eager to get to know the people. Many kids claim they like meeting people, that explains why Facebook friends are so popular, but in the end it boils down to knowing someone’s avatar, not even a face, and little else. Same with tourists, they have been places, OK, ticked them off fine, but have little to say overall. Then again the joy of being so far and in a place worth seeing makes it up for them, as they are not to blame for anything unless producing waste is one of those problems few people usually raise as an issue.