Want to get a feel for what life is like in a new country? Take the bus/train/metro in a big city, even if it takes you a while to work out how to buy your ticket (and validate it). You’ll get a real feel for the city and its people. Then venture away from the main tourist sights. Take tips from blogs about where locals eat, drink and be merry and don’t be scared to join them. The best food is never found where there’s a tourist set menu for a set price.