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When an Introvert Walks into a Bar…Learning How to Act Like a Local in Spain

Travel can reveal some painful paradoxes. While I travel to experience other cultures and see how other people live and eat, I often feel estranged from Americans who are proud to be locals and have inherited or developed a pride of place. I never derived my identity from my birthplace and often felt estranged from … Continue reading

How a Fungus Helped Me “Functionally Integrate” Myself

When I began walking on the same trails in the same woods, I wanted to see if I could transform my addiction to novelty-seeking by cultivating pleasure in one place. To return to a familiar patch of ground felt like a constraint in a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson, where the strategic use of limitations … Continue reading

When a Transit Annoyance Morphs Into Adventure

When I think about Boston’s MBTA, my soul shrivels. Having enjoyed far more efficient and pleasant transit in other countries, its squeaky trains, delayed buses and cumbersome kiosks grate on me. Yet, in avoiding it I’ve constrained myself. Driving into the city and finding parking is stressful and costly. Using Uber adds up. Since I … Continue reading

Anthony Bourdain, Food and the Soul

I knew of Anthony Bourdain but hadn’t watched any of his shows until I learned of his passing. In viewing parts of several episodes, I discovered that we had been kindred spirits: lovers of food, travel, exploring the unknown and, also, appreciators of simple pleasures. In one tribute to his life, there is a video … Continue reading

Reverse Culture Shock: Being Moroccan in MA Brought Mixed Results

Moroccans share. They share tight spaces, such as cramped food stalls and narrow alleys. They share tea with visitors. To my initial shock, they even share taxis. To enter an occupied cab felt disconcerting but I quickly learned it’s faster and cheaper to ride in a car that already had a passenger, especially if they … Continue reading

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