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One feature of moving to a foreign country is that there is very little ground for neutral reactions to things. I’m also a very emotional person (literally, this was told to me by two separate acquaintances within a week recently, including one guy who said that I have a “Slavic soul that reacts to things nonrationally,” which I chose to interpret as a compliment)
The Great Wall. Tiananmen Square. The terracotta warriors. Over the time I’ve spent in China, I’ve had many opportunities to see the best of what China has to offer. But when friends and relatives ask me that toughest of questions – “What was the coolest thing you did in China?” – my response is almost never the name of some famous spot.
When I was new in Mumbai, I quickly realized that I’d have to learn to use the local train. Cosmopolitan Mumbai on India’s west coast is a linear city, which means that taking cabs or rickshaws from place to place is expensive and time-consuming
More than a generation ago, an insecure and self-conscious 20-year-old spent her junior year at the University of Stirling in Scotland. With a female companion, she traveled throughout Western Europe and into Tunisia. That young woman was me, and the memories of traveling on the Continent remain strong.
As I stepped off the plane in Dhaka Airport, Bangladesh, it felt like I had just opened an oven door. Frenzied, I laughed to myself, I AM FINALLY HERE! After two days of packing, sharing small talk with my new co-workers, and worrying about what I believed to be the strict, conservative culture of my new home, I realized that I had finally arrived.