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Rewrite #5

I'm having a hard time getting back into the blogging groove. Part of it is the pressure I feel to do a great write-up on the last six weeks, and I'm finding that really hard. It just doesn't summarize easily. I'm working on it for the people who get my regular email updates. But on here...there are too many loose ends and snippets, inconsistencies and irrelevancies.

I loved it, though. Loved, loved, loved it. It broke my heart and made me sad. I was full of joy and virtually stress-free (except for 3 occasions). I felt simultaneously useless and perfectly at rest. I was lonely. I love the friends I made. I loved the culture. I hated the way I was treated as a woman. I drank a lot of fresh fruit juice. I ate a lot of fresh bread. I lost weight.

This photo (taken not by me) is from a hotel room desk. The sticker points to Mecca so that visitors can know which way to face for their prayers. Across town at the main market, you can buy hashish or marijuana.

So what do I do with all this? I'm still not sure. But I'm glad I went. And I think I'm glad to be back.


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