Photos by Nancy Bauer, OSB
Author: Josue Behnen, OSB
Many persons travel abroad these days. Travel is a good way to learn about other cultures and peoples. When traveling either within the US but especially when traveling abroad, it may seem like a person is totally free and away from everyone who is familiar. The temptation is to “let down our hair” as the saying goes. But the fact of the matter is that we represent not only any man or woman, but we represent the country we come from, the religion we represent, and almost anything our country represents to the native persons. How we act in stores and cafes, how we act with hotel personnel can make a big different for ourselves and our own country. Much of what foreigners learn about us is from TV which gives a skewed view of real life, so all the more, much depends upon how we act when dealing with ordinary people in another country.