I’m an ABC

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That’s Australian Born Chinese for those that aren’t familiar with the initialism. Although I have seen Americans use it for themselves with the A standing for American, the basic principle is the same. I was born and raised here in Australia and it’s a phrase that I and many of my friends are familiar with. I’ve been called it by several people who come from China and try to figure out if I’m like them when they ask me when I came to Australia and commend me on my great English. I’m not really that kind of “fresh off the boat” Chinese. Got my birth certificate to prove it, I swear.

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My Only Regret When It Comes To Travelling Around Latin America

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The first time I set foot in Latin America I was doe-eyed, naive and completely and utterly clueless (to say the least). Being me, I had done very little research. I had absolutely no idea what to expect. The initial plan was to fly in, stay for six weeks (to complete my AIESEC exchange) and to fly out. I didn’t know what would happen during those six weeks but I vowed to myself to always keep two things; a positive attitude and an open mind.

2000 dollars, 3 stopovers and 40 hours later, I was in sweltering hot Barranquilla, Colombia.

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Different Types of People I’ve Met Whilst Travelling

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The Tourist

These people have a bucket list, tend to travel for shorter periods of time and catch taxis almost everywhere. They are often curious about the local culture but will not step out of their comfort zone to truly immerse themselves in it. They do not mind paying a little (or a lot) of extra money in order to get the more comfortable option and collect souvenirs at every opportunity that presents itself. But, the most defining characteristic would have to be the thousands of photos that they take; of the landscape, of them, of them and the landscape, of them doing something funny with the landscape, etc.

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