I was always just the stand-out macha, object of catcalls, and interesting because of my foreign-ness. I knew a lot of people, but I was lonely.
I think the idea of the U.S. being one of the least free countries in the world hit me so hard because the chains are spiritual, not legislative. I do, after all, have the freedom of speech to condemn my country up one side of the globe and down the other, but that doesn't require breaking any shackles.
As I've probably referenced before, I don't exactly come from a background of people who travel the world. My childhood vacations were to Colorado and Port Aransas, Texas. I wrote a post not long ago about my restlessness to get out and go somewhere. I did not end up leaving the country, but I did… Continue reading Why Americans Don’t Get Out Much