Traveling closes doors on old stereotypes.

Brent Beard,
Lansing, MI.

For a broke college student, I’ve been lucky enough to see more of this world than many people ever will. I’ve discovered in my wanderings that you may meet a Thai bartender who you relate to more than your own relatives. You may have greater difficulties understanding the culture of a European ‘white’ who is your own age than of a retired Spaniard with grandchildren in tow. You may be looked down on by some, looked up to by others, despised, adored, mistreated or revered by any person of any color. After a while, the color of a person’s skin ceases to matter and you find you can learn more from a handshake or a facial expression than all the stereotypes you’ve ever heard could tell you.

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