I haven’t personally been to too many places in the world, in fact, I haven’t left the North American continent, and one day I hope to do so. Traveling as a concept can be such a cool experience due to the endless amounts of different cultures across the world, all seeming foreign in their different ways. Meaning, that the foreign countries can be distinct in what they have to offer and that people that can travel, should take the experience with an open mind and open arms. This should be so since you are the foreigner going to the country of choice, and there are no limits to what someplace has to offer.
Iyer was an Indian boy born in England, who immigrated to the US feels that due to where he is from, feels like a foreigner in any place that he visits. He develops the idea in the reading that from his perspective that–
“Foreignness became not just my second home, but my theme, my fascination, a way of looking at every place as many locals could not”- simply put, he’s implying that he looks at different cultures in different ways compared to others”.
Iyer recounts of the time he was going to Bali where he had felt relief upon arrival, that he felt comfortable and at home while being reminded that he had also felt like a foreigner. He was talking to a Balinese man who had said that he was “afraid to go out at night”, but Iyer just didn’t yet understand what he was going to see or get himself into. Just like the Ted talk that we had recently listened to and watched when they had gone off the path, they too were reluctant to where they were going, and what they were going to see.
I feel as if that if you feel foreign in a place, take the experience with open arms because just like Iyer, embracing the unknown can be a good thing.