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On the other hand, if you go to a place and attempt to understand people, attempt to connect deeply with others – feel your tongue moving in a different way as it tackles a new language, feel your face flush as you realise your starting to understand what people are saying, get what you want by negotiating with people, and make memories in a different language… your experience is going to be that much more rewarding.

South American cities are uniquely different from one another for their distinct vibes, architecture and culture. I see lots of blogs with travel guides for various places, but they don’t even begin to describe what it feels like to walk around in that place, what it smells like, how it is to be a foreigner in that place. If you are interested in that, look no further!

In my opinion, people often treat the topic of speaking a language with far too much casualty. For me, while I may have been able to understand and communicate with everyday topics, if I couldn’t discuss a zombie apocalypse or explain how I was feeling and why in Spanish, I couldn’t speak Spanish.