Languages related post: as we finish up our time in Colombia (just a few more days before heading back to Melbourne), I’ve been reflecting on how inspired I feel to continue improving my Spanish wherever I can. Learning languages opens you up to a new culture and a new way of thinking. Learning languages brings empathy and understanding between cultures, it bridges gaps and allows us to understand differences and celebrate our similarities. I know my Spanish isn’t great, my Japanese is not fluent and my Hungarian speaking is basic, but knowing even a little of other languages has helped me so much in getting by in other countries. I know now that I can read a bit of Portuguese, Italian, French and Chinese thanks to the other languages I know. I can understand my relatives in Hungary when they send me messages or when we are visiting and they’re telling me stories. I can order food and ask for things and directions comfortably in Spanish, Japanese and Hungarian. Importantly, I’ve been able to successfully cross translate between Hungarian-Japanese-Spanish-English (with the assistance of hand gestures 😂😂). I’ll keep posting inspirational language learning quotes over the next few days and weeks 😉.