Based upon my observations, immigrants find comfort and safety through familiarity and similarities to things native to their own country. This familial closeness that immigrants search for are what drive cultural establishments to be prevalent throughout communities. My group members and I found an abundance of culturally diverse businesses such as the German Pastry Shoppe and the Indian Grocery Store. Both establishments provide food for consumers that are native to foreign countries. Food, a staple for one’s definition of what “home” is like, is a major cultural export that is evident all throughout the communities we observed. What do you think of when you think of home? I think of my mom’s home cooked meals and diverse flavors that I can’t find at restaurants like McDonalds or Olive Garden. These observations have led me to believe that globalization is now being found to be such an essential integration within any community. To be able to connect, interact or feel as if you are in another part of the world is essential in understanding the world around you and better finding ways to accept the world as a unified cohort. Although we are all culturally different and these establishments/structures “stood out” from others, we’ve begun to see that globalization is no longer seen as invasive but rather inclusive as migrants are increasing and we are seeing more and more diverse individuals in our own communities. I felt most connected with Arlington as I saw so many establishments that provided food from foreign countries. As a huge foodie from a country whose food is exotic and important to their culture (yum, Filipino food), I felt most connected with Arlington because it definitely was filled with predominantly culturally diverse food establishments than other globalization dimensions. When we set out to adventure throughout our local community, my group members and I (Sam and Katie) used our own experiences and knowledge to help navigate us through which places were viable to include in our photo essay. While one group member was from America, it helped that Sam and I were from two different countries in different parts of the world so we helped Katie in identifying culturally relevant establishments while we familiarized us with politically and economically relevant establishments. For example, Katie believed in including Shell into our photo essay because of its Dutch roots; however, we suggested in including just the cultural restaurants/shop because it seems more foreign than a franchise that has become westernized and seems like an everyday thing an American would see! We also utilized our differing perspectives in creating our final project by having each member identify their own personal observations upon establishments and which globalization dimensions they think were most represented in each picture and then began the process of narrowing down our 10 pictures. While Jody and Jonas had mostly collected pictures showing structures whose architect symbolized globalization, Katie, Sam and I found mostly businesses that showed more of a “literal” sense of globalization. We conversed with one another which pictures were more aligned with the idea of globalization through our own opinions and then narrowed our superstar 10 down! Overall, we had fun with this project and found ourselves finding that globalization is much more prevalent around us than we think. We oftentimes overlook it because of it being so normalized in our society today; which, by the way, is a great thing!