the things I will miss most when I go home is the complete lack of judgment or
knowledge about Western fashion trends in Taabo.
Pretty much anything I do or wear is OK, simply because I'm American.
People just think it's in style in the US, and that makes it OK.
I went out running. I was wearing pants that are too big for me; they were
rolled up at the bottom and the waist. I
had on a shirt that didn't match the pants.
My hair, which hadn't been brushed all day, was piled on top of my head
in a messy ponytail. As I ran past
two young men, they actually stopped to discuss how beautiful I was!
on running, laughing, not only at the way I looked, but also at the freedom from
the media, advertisers, fashion industry, and current trends that I enjoy here.
It's very liberating.
Maybe I'll stay a third year...