Northland, New Zealand (map)
While traveling through 20+ countries there have been so many things we have learned…of these are the advantages of living in the USA (hence why we are returning home). But we have also learned that our amazing country could learn a few things from the places we have visited. While I won’t cover them all in one blog post, I will say there are a couple that kept coming up as we traveled around the world.
1. With the rising obesity epidemic in America, we all know we need to eat better. As we traveled through all these places, one thing became very clear to us. The countries where fresh produce is limited or overpriced, obesity is higher. Being a Dietitian and traveling to foreign places has been difficult on the diet. From carb-laden meals in Central and South America to stir fried everything in Asia, finding fresh produce is always a breath of fresh air. It was always a pleasant surprise when we were in countries where the American dollar isn’t necessarily a benefit (for example: Italy and Australia) and we found their availability of fresh produce incredibly well priced. One thing to note is these countries all use weight in Kilograms. For those who don’t know, 1 kg is 2.2 lbs. This means the world to your budget when apples cost $1.29 per kg vs per lb (like in the USA). The metric system rocks!
***On a side note I have lofty goals for returning to life in the USA, one which is to start my own garden to grow some of my own produce. Anyone have tips or advice for me?
2. The first time I noticed the sign I literally laughed out loud. While in South Africa we were about to walk across a fairly sketchy looking bridge. As clear as day there was a sign stating that by walking on the bridge you are aware that you assume all liability if something happens to you. That was definitely not the last time we saw a sign like that, but one thing we have loved while traveling around the world is how in most other countries there is no worry of constantly being sued by people. Some places do put warning signs, but for the most part these countries have not embraced the desire for excess litigation. Why can’t we just take responsibility for our own actions?
I have to say world exploration without so much worry is what has made visiting other countries so much fun!