NARITA, Japan // I worked in finance. I know the buzz word // Global Economies. That's right we talked about it constantly but I have never seen it first hand until we hit Narita.
First impressions of Narita Airport outside Tokyo // clean, efficient, friendly, safe, not so foreign feeling. The first person I passed had a Marc Jacobs New York purse. Then NY Yankees hats were being sold in a shop and a baby was wearing a GAP shirt. Where was I again? Though a majority of people were speaking another language I felt like I was in Times Square.
In Bangkok I had a similar experience as we taxied between airports. All the signs had English on them and all the cars on the road looked familiar // Ford, Hyundai, and Toyota. The highways were newer than ones we drove in the US on our road trip and the taxi was cleaner.
At the Don Mueang airport we were greeted by a Burger King, KFC, and McDonalds trifecta all in a row. Starbucks and Subway sat on the other side of the walk way.
Maybe its the years in NYC, the melting pot of the world, but being abroad doesn't feel that foreign to me. The global economies are real and they will impact our future more than we think.