“The essence of the tourist adventure is exhibited in the contours of the excitements that it provides. And these contours are best inferred from the stories that are told and re-told with animation to relatives, friends and colleagues at home. It is virtually never what has been seen that is recounted with enthusiasm. When the sites are described it is in the form of ritualized cliches: the Eiffel Tower really is a wonder—we went up it, and you get such a nice view. It is rather the personal moments of the tour, moments of near-crisis, that in retrospect were exciting: when one of the suitcases failed to arrive off the luggage chute at Frankfort Airport. Touring itself has been turned into a routine, restricting adventure to those moments when routine breaks down.”—Sceptical Sociology (ch. 8), John Carroll
Studying abroad is a major life experience for most students; it can be daunting to leave home, leave friends, and your life to study in a foreign country. For those with special dietary needs, the challenge can be that much more intimidating. And while it is certainly a challenge to work around dietary needs, it can and has been done many times before. So if you are concerned about your dietary restrictions abroad, whether they are a lifestyle choice, allergy complications, or a religious restriction, there are ways around these challenges while abroad.
A year ago, I wrote a post about Olympians and Paralympians who have studied abroad. I’m sure I’ll find all kinds of new study abroaders among the crop of 2014 Winter Olympians and Paralympians as well. If one of your favorite athletes studied abroad, please send me a tip! In the meantime, here are a couple of past athletes from the Winter Games:
Carl Hagelin - playing for the 2014 Swedish Olympic ice hockey team
“Travel is the realm of the improbable adventure, the quick fix, the ship passing in the night. It entitles you to meet interesting people, whom you would never meet, even if you laid traps or advertised for them. Not only do you meet them, but also unmeet them, all in the space of, it often seems, a mere compacted evening. As there is so little time, bodies in motion drop their guard and immediatly get on with their stories. Then the proverbial ships part, each to its destination, never again to brush each other’s wake.”—Last Places: A Journey in the North, Lawrence Millman
“I didn’t get the big picture until I saw this country from a distance. Traveling in Europe made me understand that America has an island mentality: No one exists except us. There’s a whole other world out there, but most Americans - all they know is America, the marketing plan.”—will.i.am’s Aha! Moment (O, The Oprah Magazine, May 2009), will.i.am
“'Stuff your eyes with wonder,' he said, 'live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that,' he said, 'shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.'”—Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
“All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.”—"On Travel and Travel Writing" in The Norton Book of Travel, Paul Fussell
These are skills and abilities that are obtained through experiences you will have abroad that will translate toward a job. Transferable skills are applicable, and what employers will look for, in your cover letter, resume, and interview. There are a variety of ways transferable skills can be obtained.
“We travel to learn; and I have never been in any country where they did not do something better than we do it, think some thoughts better than we think, catch some inspiration from heights above our own.”—Journal (July 30, 1873), Maria Mitchell (via travel-quotes)