If there’s one thing that would make me happy, aside from being with my family, that would be country hopping. Yes! I want to go to different places aside from my country. I want to mingle with different people with different races. I want to explore their lands’ treasures and examine their way of living. I am interested in knowing their belief systems that may be much different with ours, in learning their art ways that may seem hilarious but incontestably true, and in experiencing the taste of their food ways that may also be variable with ours. In other words, I want to discover intercultural communication; and that is learning different sets of culture.
Actually, way back before, I didn’t have the fascination in traveling overseas. What inspires me a lot is my professor in a Speech class with a description, Intercultural Communication. Like her, I want to experience other cultures because as I see it from her that kind of hobby is a very interesting thing to do. In fact, you become informative of that experience. It would also be a great help if one studies intercultural communication because you can be able to be a cultural mediator between and among different cultures, that is, because you understand and experience their culture, you can be able to avoid certain conflicts that may arise along the way, more than just mingling with them in awe and amazement. Aside from that, in the whole process, you don’t only enjoy having to stay at different places, you also learn to understand, and eventually understand other cultures.
Understanding other cultures aside from ours is a very important thing for us to avoid intercultural conflicts that may arise because of varying beliefs and principles. By studying their culture and experiencing it, we can be able to overcome or even avoid any means of intercultural conflict.
Next time, let us examine some of the interesting facts about other cultures aside from our Filipino culture.