Sunday, September 28, 2008


I'm not entirely sure what is so appealing about traveling to me, but I love it. I know plenty of people from all over the world, and in several of my classes, we're learning about different cultures. It's just so fascinating to me how different one culture can be from another.
In English, we're reading the Odyssey, and although I'm not a huge fan of the book, I do really like the cultural examples I'm picking up from it. Greek mythology is a direct insider to the way they lived, and I can see where Americans got some of their cultural ideas.
In Comparitive Global Issues, we're learning about Africa and all the different parts of it. It's amazing to me how even on one continent there can be such a variety of tribes, each with their own set of beliefs and cultural elements.
Then, as I was listening to Kanye West's Love Lockdown, I heard the Japanese taiko drums which create such a unique sound to the song.
I continued my youtube journey by going to listen to Basshunter's Camilla next. Though the words are in English, he's from Sweden and many of his songs are in Swedish. Whenever I hear languages I don't know, I'm always eager to learn at least a few words in that language. If I hear people around me speaking a different language, I ask the people around me what language that is because languages are so interesting to me. I've just never understood how there can be so many different languages that sound nothing alike or how they developed.
I think by mixing a variety of cultures into one common representative of culture, such as music, turns it into a very different song in a positive way.
I hope that I'll be able to travel around the world and experience some of the cultures I'm interested in firsthand.

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