"Learning about culture is a part of every Traveler. Know their words and use them. Thanks to @toddcarmichael I can say coffee in 7 languages"
Yesterday I tweeted this message while still working on my first cup of coffee. It was a halfhearted joke, making a reasonably sincere point.
Then it occurred to me the real value of the statement. In every culture we find both difference and similarities to our own. All too often we focus on the similarities and fear the differences.
But finding those things we have in common can sometimes bridge the gap and make us a bit more bold in exploring those differences.
I can order coffee in seven languages. It's a start.