Naples, Italy - Cruise 1

Trip Start Jun 12, 2008
Trip End Aug 25, 2008

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Flag of Italy  , Campania,
Saturday, June 21, 2008

Saturday June 21, 2008

The ship docked in Naples today.  The sun shined down to warm up the day but a cool breeze blew as well to even it out some.  The humidity is high here, much like Wisconsin and Minnesota so it isn't shocking, acclimating to the climate will take a little bit though due to the previous two summers cruising in Alaska with cold misty conditions.

I learned something new today and thought I'd pass it along.  A tourist is one who travels abroad and takes their country and expectations of home with them.  They wish to experience the world on their terms with familiar comforts.  They are someone who expects others to act like those from home and are shocked and unapproving when they don't.  On the other hand, a traveler is one who travels abroad with no preconceived notions or expectations and remains open to discovering new people, places and cultures as they are and can appreciate the differences while noticing the similarities that make us all human and having value.  I aspire to be the latter.  I have no desire to come to a new place and expect the culture to bend to me, I want to see it as it is and and remain flexible when things are so different I don't know where to go or how to communicate.  This bit of discomfort is the beginning of learning.  To not be able to speak in MY language with people in THEIR country forces me to listen and use universal gestures and meet them where they are at.  To not read an alphabet different than my own causes me to stop and study the script and try to uncover the secrets of what the symbol means - thankfully due to the Greek system in our universities and such I know a few of the letters sounds and can sound out words.  Some words in Greek when sounded out sound a bit familiar.  The brain is adaptable and trainable when forced to assimilate new knowledge.  If I arrived as a tourist I would be upset and complaining that there should be signs in English so that I can read them, but why should there be signs in English when the country speaks Greek.  I am not a tourist, I do not aspire to be a tourist and please smack me if ever I begin to sound like one!  Yes I have been going on about Greek while docked in an Italian port, but the principle remains the same regardless of the language.

That was my two cents for today.  Hope your day was blessed.

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