Most people travel abroad and take a checklist with them of all the great sites they want to see. This is a good idea as otherwise; you are liable to miss out on a few. However, the well-travelled tourist and the perceptive tourist know that the heart of a country is usually hidden from a mere tourist; it is only revealed to those who are willing to forgo the comfort of anonymous and well-heeled hotels and travel the streets as a local would. In fact, some of the famous sites were built expressly for the purpose of attracting tourists.
Here are some of the special things you can do in a foreign country to get a glimpse of the ‘real’ culture:
Attend a Traditional Wedding
Countries have multiple traditions when it comes to weddings. For instance, Nigeria will have the Yoruba way, the Igbo way, the Hausa-Fulani and many, many more. One of the best ways to get into one is to know the marriage celebrants sydney because they will be officiating and have the authority to welcome you as an unobtrusive observer. Other ways would be to speak to the parents of the couple or the couple themselves. Unless they are extremely private and conservative, they will not mind you joining in in the festivities. These events cannot be faked, and the customs will not appear anywhere else so grab the chance if it appears.
Eat the Street Food
A marriage celebrant sydney prices can get you into a wedding; any average Joe can show you the street food. Stock up on stomach pills if you have a sensitive digestive system, then go and sample the food. Every country and every region has food that is unique to them and no matter how many times you request them from the hotels, you will never get the same taste or experience out of their sanitized hands. Plenty of Instagrammers became famous as a result of posting pictures about street food – and only street food – on their pages and this is because the pie you eat here will have completely different taste two towns over. Most of the street food stalls only comes out at night, and beware of so-called “festivals” which are more often than not, sponsored events with stalls manned by big-budget shop-keepers.
Go to a Sunday Dinner
Or the equivalent will do, because family gatherings and family meals are sacred in many cultures and you will see so many customs, food and hear so many different points of view on the same subject and country that your head will spin. This will be the hardest to experience but if there is any way you can get invited to a family gathering, do not refuse. It will be an insight into how a family lives in this country and what their day to day lives look like. If you don’t speak the language, ask whether you can bring a translator or find out someone in the family who is willing to translate for you.