Travel and the quest for "authenticity"
I've had the blessing and privilege of doing a fair amount of international travel. It all started when I spent a semester in France the summer of my second year of college. At that time, I wasn't familiar with the premium some travelers place on "authentic" experiences. With more travel, to cultures that differ even more from my own than France, I've encountered this idea of authenticity, and it troubles me. Who wants authentic international experiences? Generally, more expe