When I look around in a world there are certain things I expect to see. One of those is a certain level of immersion. I don't always see that however and in almost every case it's the little things that could have really brought it all into focus.
What is a dish that fits the region that would be called to your attention? Did you find a drink nearly identical to the custom brew your home town makes? Is there a chance for an exchange of fine brews and information? Little things like this can go a long way to improving the immersion.