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Does anyone else feel really surreal when visiting a far away place?

I don't know if I am just odd or or if Im just too mentally stimulated by everything which I can be sometimes, but whenever I have traveled to a different country things feel odd or surreal sometimes like I've jumped into the TV screen or Im in a dream.
I mean not 100% but yeah kinda unreal but in a good way. I might just be overwhelmed by how different things are especially since I've only been out of the country a few times. Anyone else feel like this?
caesar7 · 61-69, M
I felt like that when I first flew on a plane!!!!!!! I never in a billion years thought I would fly as I am not comfortable with heights. I loved it so much afterward!!
exexec · 61-69, C
I get that feeling when I visit a place with family history. For example, I had notes from the Civil War that identified the exact spot where my ancestor's unit camped during the Second Battle of Manassas. When I was there totally alone one rainy morning, I had the strangest feeling that I was not alone and that he was there with me. He survived the war, so it's not like he died there.
REMsleep · 41-45, F
@exexec Yes you feel strange standing where your ancestors stood. So much of our history is totally unknown but when you know exactly what happened in some place in time connected to your personal prehistory and you get to stand right there it is a trip.
exexec · 61-69, C
@REMsleep Yes. I had a similar feeling in the church where my ancestor had been vicar in England in the 1600's.
HatterM · 46-50, M
Yes, it's one of the joys of travel as I remember it. Literally like being in a different world :)
Blondily · F
It felt very surreal when I was in Tijuana years ago with my best friend. We decided at the last minute to cross the border and go bar hopping. While walking to a bar, a pimp approached us inviting us to a party, he said plenty of drugs! We declined! I'll never forget how surreal that was!😳
REMsleep · 41-45, F
@Blondily Glad you did not go you might never have lived to tell the story!
Ontheroad · 61-69, M
Not surreal, more amazed, lost in the sights and sounds, the smells, tastes and all that asail one in a new country. I love getting immersed in it all and thoroughly enjoy it. I've had a few bad experiences when strolling about in some places, but even then, after the experience was done, it was a learning experience.
TheManHimself · 31-35, MVIP
I don't really feel any different when I'm at a new place but I view my neighborhood very differently upon my return. I don't know how to explain it but it is my neighborhood that kind of feels newish and different when I return from some place nice.
REMsleep · 41-45, F
@TheManHimself I think I get it. You briefly see home like a tourist would.
exotic · 22-25, F
No. I have lived in different places in my life so I'm very adaptable and actually love to travel. We all have our preferences though, so there are some places I'd rather travel to than others...for example I don't like cities [i]that[/i] much.
DestroyerOfIdeologies · 22-25, M
yes definitely, but even just a city some miles away from me already feels surreal. Italy is probably one of the most surreal places for me, but so is France.
JimboSaturn · 51-55, M
Yes when I went to Italy, it felt like I was in a James Bond movie lol.
REMsleep · 41-45, F
@JimboSaturn I'm not sure why but I lol at this.
JimboSaturn · 51-55, M
This is the hotel I stayed at lol , see Bondy :P
REMsleep · 41-45, F
@JimboSaturn Very. I can see someone being poisoned while eating at the outdoor tables.
Yes, I do feel surreal visiting unknown places that look beautiful but that’s a very rare thing for me.
Opposite, I often feel as if I've seen it all already even if it's completely new for me. I'm honestly often disappointed in myself for how meh I feel at moments when I should be exhilarated. Only later, when I look back and start processing it all I realize how awesome it was.
@REMsleep I wonder that too, it's so strange. Sometimes a very small thing can happen and I feel like it's amazing and other time something big and unusual is going on and I'm kind of numb. Like when it snows heavily for the first time in a year, it always excites me and makes me happy despite that it happens every year and every time it looks more or less the same. I guess it could be that when I travel I always have bigger expectations than the reality is and I can much more appreciate something unexpected. When traveling, there's also some stress involved so that could be numbing too.
REMsleep · 41-45, F
@CrazyMusicLover Are you introverted or cynical? I am both of those things to a degree so I was wondering if there is some correlation. Maybe traveling is overstimulating with all the hustle and bustle or perhaps you are cynical about it.
At least you take joy in the small things that is truly special and childlike. Some adults lose that ability.
@REMsleep A bit of both, also on the anxious side, which could play the role in the sense that I need to plan everything, I tend to look up places I plan to visit beforehand so then it's not much of a surprise. Ideally, I should travel with barely knowing where I'm going but that sadly is not possible due to my anxiety. I'm very cynical about common tourism, visiting the most famous places, typical vacations at places that were popularized and where many people come. It doesn't feel right, it feels staged, artificial. Yes, there's no other way to see those places on your own eyes than thronging with hundred other people but then the question is if it's even worth it in the end. Another thing is if you've seen it thousand times in movies, on pictures, leaflets and what not, there's not much left to surprise you visually. Maybe except some less pleasant things leaflets don't show you for obvious reasons. 😅
There’s one place that made me feel that way yeh
REMsleep · 41-45, F
@frenchfries Where was it that made you feel that way?
how far is far away 🤔
REMsleep · 41-45, F
@Concretedust Very far
@REMsleep 😐
Zonuss · 41-45, M
It depends on the city, and the energy underneath.

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