Hungry to Learn: How sharing a meal can enrich any cultural exchange
I learned that the world is not as big as it seems, and the last thing that divides people is ethnicity, culture, color or religion - all these things only unite us.
By: Stefan Buruiana, Summer Work Travel participant 2016
My American adventure has brought many things, including new friends from the Philippines. Immediately, I was amazed by their hand gestures and their accents. Each of my friends always says “thank you”, which is a pleasant surprise for me. One evening, my new friends invited me and a few other Moldavians over to their house for a traditional Filipino dinner. It was an invitation that I could not resist because I’ve always been intrigued by Asian cultures.
During the dinner, I tasted several dishes, such as Pansit and Adobong Manok. I was surprised that Filipinos could eat plain, cooked rice with nothing added, not even sauce! Several dishes were similar to my home country food in Moldova, such as the meat.
Overall, the dinner was wonderful! We ate well, talked about our cultures and most importantly, I gained some unforgettable memories that I will store in my heart forever. I learned that the world is not as big as it seems, and the last thing that divides people is ethnicity, culture, color or religion- all these things only unite us. I’m glad to be a part of CCI Greenheart’s Work and Travel program.
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