Since I was born, I live in different worlds. I was born in France, have Cambodian, Vietnamese and Chinese roots. I speak French and can undertand and speak Cambodian. It is a natural part of my upbringing. Like cooking and eating French, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Chinese and Mediterranean meals are. This richness of languages and food cultures.
This is how I am immersed in different cultures. This is how I develop different tastes and love for different countries and cities.
There are so subtle nuances between South Asian food cultures. It is the same for different regional French food habits. I live closed to Paris.
So my food habits have always been diverse as Paris is at the crossroad of many communities with their own specific local food habits and recognized spots to hang out.
I watch the weekly TV show and the app ‘Très Très Bon’. I hear the weekly podcast ‘On va déguster’. I love getting my weekly wishlist of restaurants, groceries, wineries, street food spots and bistrots. I love pinning some of them on my personal Google map and to go when time allows for lunch or dinner.
Eating different types of food. Meeting and discussing with their owners. Taking and sharing photo of great meals. These are my ways to marinate and learn from different cultures.
Travelling is my way to learn from different cultures, too even if I don’t understand the local language. For instance, I’ve been lately in Copenhagen, Stockholm, London, Edinburgh and Vienna for personal trips. My immersion and explorations on the ground of each city. My conversation in public lifespaces with local inhabitants.
My observations of how people move and behave. These have helped to feel and learn more about local mindset, lifestyle and social habits.
Sometimes, I love wandering in the streets abroad. I love feeling what’s happening in the air / the city. This is complementary to content-learning to discover different cultures.
It is easy to do so via a book, a documentary, a blog, Youtube, a podcast and a movie. In a nutshell, I like to balance street-smarts with content-learning. I actively forge my own point of view and cornucopia of differents cultures.
My next trip will be in Venice, Italy. I have already been there in the past. But this time, I will enjoy it differently as I will enjoy this trip with my entourage and have somehow now a Mediterranean passé. I lived in Marseille. The Italian culture is influential here, and I have also been in Roma and Florence for personal trips.
So I would say that the Italian culture is somehow familiar to me and I love it. I also will revisit the comic book ‘This is Venice’ by M. Sasek. It is like my past and present are inspiring me to learn from Italy and different cultures in the future.