What does living in an emerging nation during The Holidays feel like?

The sound of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas plays as the humid air and 30-degree heat mingle incongruously together. Living in an emerging nation at this time of year can be disorientating: far away from home, altogether different time zones – so much so, you have to do a Google search every time you want to make a phone call – and the feeling that it really should be bucketing down with rain or sleet outside.

I feel lucky, yet the hotels are emptying of international businesspeople and the friends you made have disappeared, hopped as they have onto transatlantic flights taking them home to loved ones.

‘The Holidays’ are oft renowned as a time of abundance: gifts, family and lavish displays of love and affection. But when you’re thousands of miles away in an emerging nation, there is little obvious sign of any of this and, instead, it is replaced with patent signs of poverty, from gritty streets to corrugated huts, and a clear sense of people just trying to get by.

These images – sights of people with pleading, haunting eyes; of lives touched by less, much less – tease out gratitude and appreciation when, back home, the vacant commercial crush continues apace.Image


About emerge28

I travel the world, promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) into emerging nations via country branding reports within international media. The aim of my blog is to document some of the amazing places I travel to, the inspiring people I meet and chart how the world is changing, with power and growth moving east and south.
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