14 June 2005



If you really want to leave public life, you just do it. You don't hold a press conference to announce it.

One nice thing about living in the developing world is that you can avoid some of the sillier aspects of American culture. My cable provider recently started carrying The Simple Life, and I seriously did not know who those women were, or why I should care about them.

Sometimes you return to the developed world and learn that there are some parts of what's allegedly your home that you will never get. Like the time I went to the US and found everyone saying "where's the beef".

Yes, travel can give you things nothing else can. But if you do enough of it, you'll find that you're no longer fully part of any single culture.