I realize I smile a lot in foreign countries. I smile because I’m seeing things I’ve never seen before. I smile because I don’t understand what’s going on and smiling is a reminder that I’m a very lucky person. I’ve smiled a lot in South Africa because even though everyone is speaking English I don’t understand what they’re saying. I hate having to ask people to repeat themselves (especially multiple times) so I smile to mask my uncomfortableness and embarrassment.

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