Although Natalya’s post transcends the boundaries of China, AMWF, and Xi’an, it gets to the heart of the benefits of travel, living abroad, and expatriating. Seeing a country and its culture firsthand, no matter whether you travel to Sri Lanka or China, has lifelong consequences. Natalya’s story also highlights the conversational bluntness and giggles, friendliness, fresh fruits and vegetables at every corner that I experienced whilst in China.
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If anyone visits Sri Lanka from a modern country, they are in for culture shock. That is what happened to me when I went there. One of my parents originally came from Sri Lanka, so I had already experienced some of their native culture, but it was not enough to prepare me for actually living in the country, which I did for three months. I went to visit family, and I was expecting that it would be different from what I was used to, but I was not expecting that it would be like a completely different world, which it was.