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Things change when you travel. There’s no doubt about that. But when you leave, you figure you have all the basics figured out – until you enter a country that’s so foreign to you that you have no choice but to sit up, pay attention, listen and learn. I spent nine months overseas, mostly in Australia, but my two weeks in Thailand are what stayed with me the most.
Before Thailand: Walking into a huge, clean hotel room with a gigantic bed and big fluffy pillows. Complimentary breakfast, a five star restaurant on-site and chocolates on your pillow.
After Thailand: Walking into a bathroom and seeing toilet paper.
Before: The movie Hostel.
After: A home base, immediate friends, a bar, a library, a giant database for new places to visit supported but outrageous stories told by firsthand experience.
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