At Doha Airport right now waiting for my connecting flight to Tokyo. Its been a little crazy morning because I totally messed up. Luckily I stayed calm and things worked out. I wont go into detail, lets just say I’m stupid.
Its going to be hard wrapping up these past 3 months. I saw, met, drank, talked, thought, and walked a lot. I think I will reflect back to it in a when I get back home or on the flight to Tokyo. Well in the mean time I think I will post late post from about a weeks ago when I was traveling around Switzerland.
Late post: Nov. 16
It is rare that I over sleep when I commit, even for class or something I necessarily do not want to do. Regardless of the night before or the state I am in the morning, I can get up and make it in time. Today I overslept and I had plans to travel with a friend. My apologies to Utkrash for being late. The good thing is that he left without me because me being late should not alter your travel plans.
Okie with that being said today is a day of train rides across Switzerland. Pretty much I’m going coast to coast from east to west back to east. Over and through the mountains, by the lakes, rivers and cows. I’m taking the Golden Pass from Montreux to Luzern. The shitty part is I forgot something to read so these long train rides, when I don’t have the view, is going be rough. To add to that, I don’t have my headphones. I guess I’m off to a great start this morning.
Because I don’t have anything to entertain me I have been sitting and thinking on the train while looking at the gorgeous view. Then I noticed that I would check my phone every once in a while even though I don’t have wifi. Its sad but at this day in age many are very reliant on their phones. Don’t get me wrong I am guilty of it too. Whenever there is no internet, I try to find wifi. I feel like I do some what of a good job not being on my phone the whole time. This reminds me of the conversation I had with Marco, my Italian friend who was a staff member when I studied abroad in Rome. He told me that the students now are too reliant on their phones/the Internet that they are too afraid to step out of their comfort zone. And this is the sad truth. With information just at the tap of the screen, you are scared when you don’t know things.
5 years back when I was in Rome, I wanted to get lost in the city. I maybe used my map (a physical map) or I would ask around if I really got lost. Students now apparently are scare to even ask for help. Makes me wonder how sheltered they are. Being abroad now, I know things will be fine with it doesn’t go accordingly. Unlike Italy there aren’t strikes here (Switzerland) and I know less of the language but I know that things will be ok in the end. Having traveled a bit before maybe I have more “street smarts” compared to others but I know how not to be in a bad or life threatening situation. Over all I guess what I want to say is it’s sad to see this happen. I know not all people are like that but things are shifting. This does lead to more people who cannot interact socially (I know personality matters). I just want to make sure when/if I have kids, I want them to be curious, adventurous and well travelled. I want them to get lost and feel uncomfortable. Because sometimes you stumble upon some great things when you are lost.