Ever since I was a little kid, the concept of people on the other side of the world waking up when I'm starting to sleep has always fascinated me. I still wake up most mornings wondering what someone on the other side of the world did while I was asleep. A person could have made their biggest life decision while I was dreaming of a sequence events that rarely make sense. Despite feeling only as though I’d been asleep for two minutes, people have lived an entire day, potentially it could have been a day that changed their lives forever; hopefully in a good way!
I have a friend, Sandra who lives in Austria and then I have another, Maddie in the US. It's incredible to wake up to conversations that have happened while I'm asleep. For hours my phone has been buzzing with notifications of a new message and I've been totally unaware of it. Both of them will always be living their lives while I'm in an unconscious state. I find it so easy to forget that there are other countries that are not on the same time zone as myself. Sandra and Maddie are frequent reminders of how other people, people we don't even know are changing their lives and growing another day older as we are asleep in our cosy beds.
Then theres the factor of travelling. There's so many places to go, so many places to see; it barely seems possible to be able to see everything! As the final year of schooling approaches you can see it in students eyes that most of them have the strong desire to travel the world and see everything it has to offer. However, theres those who have such an incredible passion to travel the world, live in London for at least 6 months, if not forever, but theres also the desire to gain qualifications from University in the course that you work so hard to get into throughout Year 12. The world provides a constant reason for procrastination, whether it’s actually traveling or dreaming of travelling.
The world is such an open place with 196 countries spread across the globe, the opportunities are endless. There are so many different cultures that are perceived to be so interesting such as the French culture of always eating begets and croissants or the Italian culture with their pasta and pizzas. However, are all the countries truly like how they are perceived in books and photographs?