"Life happens while you are making other plans."
If you travel to a state and spend a week can you see the real state? Take New York for instance if you spend five days in New York City can you say you've seen New York? That would not include the Finger Lakes or Niagara Falls so have you seen New York?
If you travel to North Carolina and spend a week in Charlotte have you seen North Carolina? That would not include the Blue Ridge Mountains or the Outer Banks?
So what about different countries? When I have traveled overseas I have talked to many people who said they have been to the United States, they say they have gone to Disney World, is that seeing the United States? Others have said "Yes I have been to the United States, I have been to Hawaii." Most U.S. citizens do not consider Disney World or Hawaii as representing the normal every day United States.
So when we as US citizens travel abroad what considers seeing the real country?
Does it mean renting a car and going out exploring on your own? Or does it mean going to a local grocery store or market to shop and meet the local people? What about stopping at a school and talking to the school children?
Often times we fly into big cities and never leave the city. Yes we may wander the streets or catch the city bus but does seeing it define the city or its country? Does Beijing define China? Or does Melbourne represent Australia?
Obviously smaller countries are easier to travel and see. It takes less time get to know them which means large countries may require multiple trips or a longer time there to explore.
How do you define or decide if you have seen and know the real country?