There is a huge difference from seeing something, and actually experiencing it. I wanted to come to England to actually be able to experience what it really is all about. It is hard to actually understand something if you can not experience it first hand. That is why living in a country vs. just visiting it is so different.
If I had just come to stay with family in England I know that I would not have been able to love it as much as I do now.
I have been able to actually experience a different way of living, which not many people can say that they have done. It is easy to go somewhere and just observe just a small portion of the culture.
It is a completely new experience to be able to live it every day. You start to understand it more, and why certain things are the way it is.
You learn things that you could not learn if you just came to a new country on holiday.
When you just observe something, you only get the small outer layer that is so easy to see. When you live it you get to delve farther, discovering new and exciting things each day.
Not everything is black and white. There is always more than meets the eye, it takes time to start to see the uniqueness of a place.
Have a great day!