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Matthew’s Intro

Hey everyone! As many of you know, my name is Matthew, and I’m going into the 9th grade at Nueva. In my free time, I like to play basketball, read, play video games and do photography. I have been to many parts of Asia before, but I have never been to Thailand, so I am especially excited about the upcoming trip. I hope I can explore the culture and social dynamics of the Thai people (and eat a lot of Thai food!!)

From the Why We Travel essay I found that the quote ” Travel in that sense guides us towards a better balance of wisdom and compassion — of seeing the world clearly, and yet feeling it truly. For seeing without feeling can obviously be uncaring; while feeling without seeing can be blind” really spoke to me. The quote has a lot to do with seeing the world clearly and reflecting on your own situation. I identified with this quote because I believe that exactly what I’m going to Thailand to do is to see, feel and reflect.