Yes, travel opens the mind to new ideas and new ways of seeing things. And when we experience the wonders of this world, it can’t help but make a person happy. And some travel opens the mind more than others. For instance, if you take a tour of seven cities in seven days and stay in hotels, you will find you are passing your time with others from your country and seeing the sights, but not experiencing the people and the way of life.
On the other hand, if you do some work travel or stay in private homes, you are more likely to experience the real flavor of the place.
I took Little Lady for a trip to Hungary, where we saw some of the places her Nagymama grew up. For a girl of (almost) seven, this was a very educational trip. We stayed in an apartment and wandered pretty much on our own. I would classify this as mid-way between a our and a real visit. Just for fun, here are a few photos.
This is the moment she professes to be the highlight of her trip:
Even though I could tell that it was dancing to the street musicians…
And making new friends…
…even though she could not speak Hungarian with them…
…any of them!
But it was the dancing that she did the most. This was her favorite street musician, whom she patronized several times where Vaci Uta spills into Vorosmarty Ter.
She was a little less freewheeling with the food (can you say “McDonald’s” or “Pizza Hut”?), but we did enjoy palacsinta a few times together.