Emma Borg

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3 Global-Sized Revelations from My First Year Abroad

As a new grad released from the tethers of institutional education, I leapt into a year of solo travel in Australia. That trip turned into three years abroad and an entirely new outlook on life and my association with the world around me. Here are a few of the big lessons that I was confronted with on that first trip abroad when my world suddenly got a lot bigger. 1. Understanding where things come from is important. In Western nations, we live completely detached from the manufacturing and production processes of most items we possess and consume. We moan about the cost of things, without considering the journey they have made to get to us. And though I studied global development, it wasn’t until I witnessed, first-hand, the arduous process that something as small as a cashew nut has taken to land on our shelves1 that I developed a…