I remember how I felt when my flight landed in Australia for the first time. It was actually a feeling of numbness, where I did not know what to expect. Neither a feeling of excitement nor anxiety but a feeling of nothingness. To be honest, I was very overconfident to feel that I will settle in easily and quicker than other students. But I was completely wrong. I don’t mention it to freak everyone, but it happens and we need to prepare ourselves to deal with that kind of emotion. How do we prepare ourselves for a ‘culture shock’? We have to embrace it and work on it. I know! It’s easier said than done. When I went through it, I didn’t even realize that it was a culture shock. I saw it as being moody, as we all are I am sure, however, it wasn’t the case really.
I’ve been in Brisbane for over a month and have witnessed and interacted with women across different cultures and ages. I’ve heard them talk about their careers in workshops and seminars, seen some juggling parenthood and studies, read about some successful entrepreneurs and their new ventures.
When I found out that Global Voices was taking me to Paris and I would have the chance to be among some of the most intelligent and innovative policy experts in the world, well I couldn’t refuse, could I? After embracing the cliché Parisian fashion of gorging on bread and wearing berets—oh, and of course trying escargot—I found myself at a chateau for the annual Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) forum. It’s a tough life, I know.
Tooting horns, men having their shoes shined and flashes of colour dominating the city.
Lima is a place of festivity, passion and oh so good food. Yet behind this atmosphere, some serious discussions were taking place.