Argh! I started writing and somehow accidentally hit delete… oh well.
I was just thinking about how this experience is going to be unique. There comes a point where travel starts to feel like one more notch on the belt, one more point on a map that I can point to and say, “yeah, I was there.” and it shouldn’t be that way. Well, I don’t want to feel that way, so it’s time for Gazelle to reflect a little.
The other day my sister was watching some public televsion travel show which featured cities in Spain. It was strange to see all the cities that I had visited, and particular Cordoba, as it was where I spent most of time. I was sent back to a “light-bulb” moment that I had while in Cordoba. I don’t really remember where I was exactly when I had it, but I remember thinking “You know, this is amazing.” The Mezquita had changed for me from a oft-repeated motif in my Spanish books to a point of reference. How many did we say things like “meet by the Mezquita?” How many times did I pass by the Al-cazar?
I guess I’m trying to get excited about travel again. Which I haven’t been in a while. Much of this is because of my experience with this program 😦 and part of this is just study fatigue I guess. I guess the third piece is… well, no need to mention that.
Qatar was exciting but not because I was traveling there. I was just happy to be getting out of a job that I didn’t like. Syria was not an exciting prospect (even before their on-going revolution) for a number of reasons, but it was what I signed up for.
Egypt is still taking some getting used to. It is not what I signed up for. It’s not what I have been preparing my mind to face for the last year. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be great.
As always I am not putting all my eggs in the optimists basket. Classic Gazelle.