Traveling inside out - #76HT - A Rich Homeless

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terça-feira, 29 de maio de 2018

Traveling inside out - #76HT

After spending sometime in the Mall, it was time to meet my host: Ana. The system administrator girl that was from Kupres, a small village few hours from Mostar. This girl that gave a the best experience that I could have in Bosnia arrived directly from work and even not using Couchsurfing that often during her trips, most of the time going to Croatia, place that she has family, she was really active accepting travelers quite of often in her place. 

That how I could understand that even not leaving from my own city, I can still travel. The fact that when I'm receiving a guest in my place, it means that I can have an exchange of cultures: His/her culture, my own culture and the local one in the place I'll be living. I can get know a lot about an individual person, but at the same time about is/her culture and in the ending explore my city with this person and then having the chance to travel and discover my own territory.

About learning the culture of others, I had some hosting experiences that I shared some time with people from countries that I've never been and I could mentally travel to their places and understand more about a culture difference between their countries, my one and the one that I'm living, like somewhere in Europe (Luxembourg, Spain and Germany).

My best experiences in this sense was with guests from Israel, South Korea, Morocco, Turkey and Mexico. Places that I've never been before, but I had the chance to learn with them more about their cultures and then having some pictures in my mind how their places look like. That's what meeting travelers can give to you, a deep trip inside their cultures. I hope to have the chance to visit their countries one day, once I already have a feeling how it more less looks like from their eyes.

The another situation that I talked about is when you're in your own city, but sometimes foreigns know coller spots than you. I'm not talking about tourists, I'm taking about backpackers or foreigners that are open to interact with locals and try different things until finding the best spots. That's what happened with me in my hometown, when I was meeting up travelers around, I had the chance to explore my hometown and be in some cool spots that even spending 23 years of my life there I had never been before. With these travelers I got energized to explore what was around, really opened to walk to any direction, exactly what I do when I'm traveling.

It happened the same thing when I was living in Granada hosting travelers, I could every time explore a different part of the city and surprisedly sometimes being in a spot that I've never been before. From the first guest to the last one that I had, when I used to hang out with them, I could have a unique experience most of the times being in a unknown spot. Once I was hosting a guy from South Korea and walking around a lookout point, in the way back home we just arrived in a street called as Little Senegal, a place that a community from Senegal was living in milenar caves. I've never been there before and in this street we were invited to join them in their caves, smoke, chill and eat. It was the first time in my life that I've been in habited cave, where there was electricity, gas, water, toilet and even television. It was a big cave, all painted inside in white, where we spent few hours of our evening sharing experiences, joints, a special tea with coffee (delicious) and one of the best dishes that I've tried in lately made from them and shared in a big plate that everyone was eating together with their spoons. Seriously this fried rice with spices, the simplest food ever made was yummy. They were inviting a lot of people inside and even the food finishing in few minutes, they were replacing it often until nobody could eat anymore. For me was the perfect message that how less we have, more we share. In this moment I was a Brazilian traveling with a south Korean to Senegal 

The funny thing about this experience that almost nobody from Granada or Andalusia that I met, could have this experience. It was in their city, in their state, but they never heard about. Sometimes we travel around the world, crossing continents, learning a lot about culture, languages, religions, society, but at the same time we don't even know about different cultures, languages, religions of the place that we are living. I would just say to you that before decide to travel around the world and see what's going on around, try to travel inside your own universe, your city the local communities that are living around that even not sharing the same background, mother language or social status than you, they are part of the society that you live.

For me as South American this experience with my African brothers was so different and unique, that afterwards some of them became good brothers that we were meeting up in their caves or in some bars and clubs often. Try to imagine for a South Korean guy traveling around the world by his first time. My culture share some similarities with the African one, but for him, it was a completely world that even not understanding what we were saying (We were speaking Spanish and French mostly), he was amazed with everything that happened, I could see in his eyes and afterwards in our talks. This big cultural chock was positive, gladly.

That's how I express the experience that you can have meeting a traveler. Ana really knew it and for her this time meeting a Brazilian could give to her the chance to visit Brazil inside Mostar at the same time giving to her the chance to travel in her own city, in her own country: Mostar - Bosnia.

Caves - Little Senegal - Granada - Spain

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