Spice Up Your Life!!!

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Marinera Dancers at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Poet and civil rights leader Maya Angelou once said, “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”

With that anecdote in mind, imagine how enlightening, educational and inspiring it could be to experience the richness of other cultures — especially with all the racial unrest that we experience in America. In fact, I had a great time at the recent Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington. And I’m looking forward to visiting Peru, the festival’s featured nation, next spring!

There are lots of reasonably priced packages for vacation getaways to other countries. Or if you don’t want to travel, just an exciting staycation visit to an international festival or museum might be a fun alternative — plus they are often free. Even an authentic cultural restaurant might fit the bill.

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Sometimes the simple answer to adding spice to our lives is new experiences and new people. How exciting it can be to learn of the traditions, religions, fashions, languages, foods, music, dances and even the historic struggles and triumphs of other ethnic groups.

New cultural connections are not only fun, entertaining and educational, but they also engender greater understanding of the views and perspectives of others and help us to become even more well-rounded at any age. When I think of the people, such as Angelou, whom we look up to and admire as leaders and cultural heroes in the black community, most — if not all of them — are people who are or were culturally connected and knowledgeable about the world around them.

Whether you choose travel or a stay-home adventure, new cultural connections are yet another opportunity to grow, spice up our lives and thrive!

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Photo: Alfredo DiNatale, Smithsonian Institution

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