I’ve been living abroad for over eight years now. I spent several of those years in England (North, South, South West and many neighborhoods of London) as well as a year in New Zealand (five different cities both in the north and south island).
Coming from Brazil, the cultural differences were both shocking and enlightening.
Considering I also like traveling for extended periods of time, when you travel for two months within the same country, although you don’t officially live there, you do have a glimpse of people’s day to day lives.
To be honest, it would be impossible to write down everything you learn when you live in another country, especially one that’s very different from yours. I believe it’s more like an internal change — a new way of seeing things.
However, to be able to make the most of your experience, you have to be willing to absorb as much knowledge and culture as you possibly can with an open heart. Once you leave your prejudices behind and wear the learner’s hat, beautiful things happen.