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By Anonymous, Key West, FL

Like the peaceful and flowing ocean that surrounds the island, the people of my hometown in Key West are the most open minded and accepting people I know. We live by the motto “one human family,” and this philosophy is reflected in our actions. In comparison, the people of my mother’s homeland in Liechtenstein are more guarded in their views like the Swiss Alps protecting the country. The topography of the two lands are in stark contrast, but the cultures of each have been intertwined and have shaped mybeliefs.

In Liechtenstein the population is homogenous. The majority of its citizens are white, Roman Catholics. Spending every summer in Liechtenstein has allowed me to become fluent in German and experience an entirely new culture. However, this past summer I noticed that the uniform nature of the people extends beyond their appearances.

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