posted on Sep, 9 2008 @ 09:10 AM
Unfortunately I feel physically ill whenever I'm exposed to heat and humidity as I found out in Italy, so I doubt I'll be going to South America
anytime soon, but I do agree with what the article said. I had the same kind of culture shock when I got back from a 2 week trip to Europe (Germany,
Austria, Italy, and Switzerland). One morning we saw a woman going with a basket to the local bakery. We went there for breakfast instead of eating at
the hotel and it was delicious, and truly fresh. I also noticed that you had to pay for plastic bags when shopping. Most everyone we saw brought their
own cloth bag, and I'm glad to see that the U.S. -at least where I live- are encouraging people to buy these cloth bags and use them instead of the
plastic ones. Most of the towns we went to, especially in Germany and Austria, were cobblestone, and cars didn't have the right of way. They had to
wait for the people to form a path and let them by. Many of them rode bikes, and many others walked. I saw small gardens in many backyards. These are
just a few things I noticed, and I was amazed when I came back home to food with preservatives, hardly anyone walking anywhere, and so many other
things that instantly made me miss Europe.
As for what the article said about being disconnected to nature, I also agree. But to keep from being too disconnected, my family makes it a high
priority to go camping in the Rockies at least once a month during the Summer. We hike through the woods, see how bright the stars are at night
compared to how bright they are when you're in the city, and fall asleep to the sounds of the various animals scurrying about. Living in a city is
nice and convenient, but spending some time in the mountains is refreshing.