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"I often wonder what would have happened to me if I hadn't made that decision. I suppose I would have sunk. I suppose I would have found some kind of hole and tried to hide or pass. After all, we make ourselves according to the ideas we have of our possibilities. I would have hidden in my hole and been crippled by my sentimentality, doing what I was doing, and doing it well, but always looking for the wailing wall. And I would never have seen the world as the rich place that it is. You wouldn't have seen me here in Africa, doing what I do."

- V.S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River
Feb. 28th, 2009 @ 08:09 pm Getting to know you
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Date:March 20th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
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Absolutely - living there is a huge boon. I don't think I'd mind being temporary in different locations, but to be temporary in the same place sometimes makes me feel like I'm trying to be an insider but I'm always a bit of an outsider!