April 19, 2015
Welcome back to another episode of Speaker’s Corner, where patrons of our coffee shop, You Are Here Cafe, step into our video booth and answer the question of the week. This week we asked people about their heroes, and how they’ve been influenced by them.
For starters, let me say CONGRATULATIONS to the second girl who answered the question and came to Korea to travel, BY HERSELF! At SEVENTEEN! That’s amazing! Or is it? I don’t know. That seems a bit uncommon to me. I couldn’t imagine traveling to another country by myself at 17 years old. I wasn’t adventurous enough back then. Oh how things have changed! Now, all we want to do is travel. It’s like getting tattoos: getting your first one is scary, but then after you’ve got one you want to do it again, and again. If it were up to me, we’d just live in a new place every three months, and go from one location to the next, making videos and taking pictures of all of the amazing things that surprise us, all of the things that are different than what we’re used to.
I’m actually really touched by the second girl’s answer, whose name I didn’t have stored in the video so I can’t thank her directly, but it’s actually a really important message that we try to get across. Sure, we talk about Korea a lot of the time, but more than talking about Korea, we’re really interested in inspiring people to make the change, to take the plunge, to not feel as if they’re trapped in one lifestyle because of their habits, possessions, friends and family. You can get new ones of those wherever you go. Not that I’m advising everyone to dump all of their responsibilities, but if you have a calling to travel elsewhere, you’ll regret not going more than you would regret actually going. I know too many people, friends and family, who want to experience a new country and culture, but feel too tied down. For those of you who do take the plunge to travel, to experience a new place, I have lots of respect for you, and to think that we’ve helped give some people that push is really touching. So, thank you girl #2 :D
As for me, Simon, I’m not sure if I have a hero at the moment, or someone that’s influenced me a lot. I have people I’d aspire to be like. Anthony Bourdaine is one of them at the moment. I don’t know that much about his past life, and I don’t share his deep hatred of hipsters (arguably, since I’m deeply one myself), but I do like what he does in his programs. I like the idea of travel blogging, and he’s the most prominent figure that I can think of at the moment in this field. Though, it seems like he goes to an area and explores it for a bit, then leaves it behind, while I like the idea instead of having a country and culture deeply impact how you perceive yourself, and how you behave afterwards. Korea has changed us a lot, in many ways, and has made me feel reverse culture shock when we’re back in Canada, and I like that, and I hope that it’ll continue in every country that we live in.
Anyhow, if you have someone that’s influenced you a lot, let me know in the comments! Or if you know of any other travel bloggers that inspire you, I’d love some recommendations, because I don’t know of that many :D