Arriving in a new place brings a wealth of challenges. Languages to misuse, money to miscount, indigenous customs to violate. Unpredictable lighting, confusing locks, toilets that offer impressive arrays of heretofore unknown functions. Buses to just miss, taxis in which to temporarily reconsider one’s stance on religion, trains in which to be caught holding precisely the wrong ticket (priced at three times the proper one). It is exciting, fascinating, and liberating.
It can also be exceedingly lonely.