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Chapter 6. Cheese represents tolerance

Cheese represents tolerance in our sandwich.

This cheese layer is delicious and it’s here to represent how crucial it is! Cheese is the saltiness, the creaminess, umami, yummy flavour that coats your tongue and offers that comforting deliciousness we all crave. There isn’t one single correct cheese for all sandwiches and taste buds. From soft spreads, to hard cured and even vegan cheeses. Treat others their cheese choices like you’d like others to respect yours. 

cheese represents tolerance

One type doesn't fit all

Just like in choosing what cheese you’d like in your sandwich, one type does not fit all and this is why you can’t force everyone to eat brie or yellow cheddar. Diversity enriches us all. In travel this tolerance is key. Your way of living, being and understanding, isn’t necessarily the right way for everyone. Tolerance is the ability and willingness to tolerate the existence of opinions or behaviour that you might dislike or disagree with.

Cheese just makes everything so much better, there’s something comforting about it. Every sandwich deserves some cheese love, make sure you get it in there! You deserve your cheese choice to be accepted just as much as you deserve to be accepted for who you are, and so does your neighbour, let’s make sure we do our part.

For more tolerance we need more tourism

If you haven’t seen Aziz Abu Sarah’s Ted Talk ¨For more tolerance we need more tourism¨ the time is now. This video is my cheese, it’s so good! It’s less than 5 minutes and so worth it. The first time I saw it I wanted it to go on forever, his message resonated so strongly in my body. Aziz Abu Sarah is a Palestinian activist with an unusual approach to peace-keeping: Be a tourist. ¨Tourism is the most sustainable way to bring walls down¨. It motivated me to stay in the food and tourism business and create a way to bring my walls down and offer a sustainable way of connecting with others and create friendships. It is possible to travel, create good as you go and be transformed along the way, you just have to be open.

Enjoy the video and let me know what you think. Does this message also resonate with you? Have you ever had an experience whilst travelling that completely shook your way of seeing the world? Have you ever met anyone, who you originally thought ‘I’ll probably won’t like this person’ and then you’re completely surprised at how amazing they are? 

This is my take on it. If you are secure of who you are, there’s no need to be constantly proving your point and this allows space to be interested in other people and places. Allow yourself to be wowed. People are what make your travels meaningful. In Maya Angelou’s words: ¨They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.¨ 

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