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Two Weeks, Ten Countries: a backpacker's itinerary

Just over two weeks spent traveling through ten European countries. It was completely worth every minute spent planning the trip - but you're welcome to save yourself some time by stealing parts of our itinerary. We used an Interrail flexipass.  It was valid for 10 days of travel within 22, and ... read more

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Culture Shock

Laugh at yourself

Kelsey Edwardsen

26 Aug 2009

Bulgaria

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Kelsey Edwardsen

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I found that laughing at myself and my home country was a great way to engage Bulgarians in conversation. I made fun of the United States' enormous grocery stores and large cars, and they in turn opened up and shared the idiosyncratic aspects of their culture. These discussions were both enlightening and laughter-filled.

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