The rumble of motorcycles accompanied by the honking of cars and buses as they zoom by, fill the air as I make my way downtown. The sound of patter of feet fill my ears as people rush past me to get to their designation. Soft indistinct chatter and laughter fills the air. I watch quietly as people bustle in and out of office buildings, stores, and restaurants as they all fulfill their daily demands.

The sun starts to set as the day fades and turns to night. Yet, the city seems to become more and more alive as people leave their daily demands for a moment of fun and excitement. The streets previously filled with individuals of all ages, now morph mainly into young adults as the older generations and families with young kids go back to their homes for the night. The sound of indistinct chatter and laughter becomes louder as the young adults meet their friends over alcohol to unwind from their rough week. Stores close but restaurants, bars, clubs and cafes stay open for their late night customers. The busy streets previously filled with buses, cars and motorcycles, now trickle down to just taxis as the night wanes on.

I stare silence from my perch on the rooftop cafe as I watch the city below.

So many people. People with family, friends, and lovers.

I’m reminded of my family and friends back home and my heart aches just a little.

Sometimes I long to see a familiar face and hear a familiar voice. I long to be held, comforted and encouraged when things seem a bit bleak. It’s not that I can’t do it alone, it’s just, like those people, it’d be nice to be able to face life with someone by your side.

The days I feel this way are some of the hardest moments of my time here.

But even though I’m alone, I’m not unhappy. It’s hard, but it’s not the end of the world. I’m alone and sometimes I feel lonely but I am not sad nor despondent and for that I am thankful.

If you want to be happy, learn to be alone without being lonely. Learn that being alone does not mean being unhappy. The world is full of plenty of interesting and enjoyable things to do and people who can enrich your life.     Michael Josephson

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I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.  Audrey Hepburn

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2 replies on “001- Diary of a Foreigner

  1. Good late night thoughts! It was almost like a poem haha. But we’re all supporting you from back in the states and although lonely, I’m glad you’re doing well. Sending an air hug 😀


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