As my main region of work is
in the Northeast classified, I often find myself running into cultures diometrically opposed to those I encounter in my day to day. Growing up in the South, I've become accustomed to warm temperatures, laid-back living and the type of people this lifestyle generally shapes. With this background, even though I've been traveling for a few years now, I still find myself amused by our "big city" neighbors to the North from time to time. Subtle nuances such as acknowledging people as they walk by, avoiding direct conflict and generally being of a more open demeanor are personality traits not necessarily cultivated as the compass arrow points up.
While these differences make for an interesting experience when I travel, it's a pleasure to encounter those who embody their regional stereotypes completely, as well as those who defy (admittedly ignorant) expectations. They ensure that my life on the road stays interesting and I learn more about our
little unfathomable world every day.
This past week, I had the pleasure of visiting frozen Boston for 6 days. During that time, in addition to cursing the unescapable snow and blistering cold, I was blessed to be able to visit the oldest restaurant in the US. There, in addition to amazing food and a great atmosphere, I was served by possibly the sweetest woman I've ever come across. Not only did she give my colleague and I a complete history of the restaurant, she made us feel as if we were being served by a beloved family member at a homecoming dinner. She even convinced me to eat (and enjoy) their famous clam chowder, a food I absolutely detest. She then topped it all off by insisting that I use a bib which she further insisted on tying on me herself.
Little experiences like these are what help get me through my frequent travel, especially when it gets difficult to stay motivated. The fact that at any moment I can make a connection with another human with a unique viewpoint or experience to pass on keeps me optimistic to push on.