another thing that has changed for me here is that i no longer want to be taken care of so much. when i first came here i was just a girl, painfully aware that i was away from home and limited by language. these days i have some life experience and i have been here enough times to have a good idea how a lot of things are done. i am also less afraid of making silly mistakes and i am confident that i can get by in many situations.
all this is to say that i am reasonably confident here these days and though it is well meant i sometimes miss my independence when too much is done for me.
i rode a pushbike the two short blocks to a local "restoran" to buy breakfast this morning. it caused some mirth but it was nice to something alone and successfully and i didnt mind being the joke, i long ago realised that i am the strange white woman.