I love perspective-changing experiences. This trip is certainly doing that for me. My personal awareness and knowledge of the world has expanded and it just got a bit smaller for me. I am also currently reading Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat. It’s about globalization. In the first chapter he describes the first period of globalization from 1492 and the discovery of the New World until 1800 when countries were colonizing. Phase two Friedman puts from 1800-2000, a period when companies went multi-national. Phase three is the period we are in now where technology has leveled the playing field allowing individuals to collaborate and compete globally.
I mentioned the tourism ads on CNN previously. Today I noticed more ads for Croatia, Kazakhstan, India, and South Africa. Most of the tourism ads I see at home are for Alabama and Kentucky.