I had the spectacular luxury of seeing a lot of the world when I was kid...as long as it wasn't behind a wall or a curtain. As an adult, not so much. It's not that I don't want to float between Buda and Pest, trudge across Moscow, or do the Istanbul-Was-Constantinople dance. I do, really do.
However I don't want to visit. I want to experience.
That requires more than a few days in-country. Don't get me started on spending more time in transit than you do on the actual holiday.
I want to do a "learning" trip. Think "semester abroad" style minus the hostels and oral exams. I'd be a professional student if there wasn't that pesty thing called tuition.
Yeah, yeah. I'm a little nutters. We've established that. But here's what sold me on the notion of why studying abroad is better than bouncing around the world spending two days in tourist districts.
|St. Peter's College Dining Hall|
|Jet d'Eau on Lake Geneva|
With experiences like that you come away with more than a hole in your pocketbook. You're enlighted about more than the best tourist traps. You experience the culture and the country. You get a chance to see through the eyes of the residents and try your hand at being one.
Best? You gets to learnt you sumfin nude.
If you could take a sabbatical anywhere and study anything, where would go and what would you study?