Thoughts of: Comfort

I have trip coming up.  A big one.  I’m going overseas. I’m very excited yet hesitant at the same time. To be fair, it’s to Ireland where most of the culture and pretty much all the language will be the same.  (Unless you count Gaelic)  Still I expect some major cultural differences.

See, I’m one of those types that notices all the nuances that comes from different areas.  (I can even point out the cultural differences between suburbs in the Metro Detroit area.)  So I wonder how will Ireland be different and will I be able to adjust easily.  (I already promised my brother I would not venture into any Mc Donalds while there)

Food I believe will be the biggest change for me.  I’m not as bad as RIchard Hammond from Top Gear, but I do like what I like.  Will I be able to find it though?  I am going to expand my horizons and try the breaakfast tea with cream instead of coffee with french vanilla creamer.  I also want to try their pasties.  I had some up in Sault Ste. Marie while at college and loved them.  They should be similar.

But if I can’t find things familiar to me, I have my backup gear with me.

A few magazines and books to read while on the flight and long bus rides.

My faithful PM3 player stocked with my favorite music and podcasts.

These will be my achor in an unfamiliar place.  Something that wil keep me grounded and let me enjoy the differences that I’m going to experience.  The more I think about it the more excited I get.  I have some of my culture with me as I go discover new cultures.  This is going to be exciting!

What about you?

Have you been on any travels outside your comfort zone?  If so, did you bring anything withyou as your cofort anchor?

If you have, let me know.  I’d love to learn what your tricks are when keeping comfort while abroad.

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