Today is my birthday. Yay 21. Very exciting. But that's not what I'm thinking about. I'm thinking about the next 15 or so months of my life. I just got out of the "cultural orientation" for Morocco, and am presently sitting in the Africa orientation. I'm learning that I don't know what I'm getting into.
I'm learning that men will want to talk to me if I smile at them. I am learning that I won't be able to go anywhere without male accompaniment. I am learning that I will have close to negative "alone time". I'm learning that I might need to lie. I'm learning that I will be able to live more cheaply than I ever imagined possible. I am learning that I will, in all likelihood, become depressed during Ramadan, which conveniently begins just as I arrive (August 21!) and lasts - as you know - for a month. I am learning that I will inevitably fall in love with Morocco, travel in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and Arab culture. I am also learning that I will need to learn to be lonely.
Which brings me to this post's song: "Learn to be Lonely" by Andrew Lloyd Webber from Phantom of the Opera. Enjoy.