List of Opposites, East and West

  When I arrived in Asia in 1984, everything was so new that my mind simply would not take in what it saw.  I wandered around bug-eyed, marveling at everything but feeling content.  I thought, “Isn’t it wonderful that I’m not experiencing any culture shock.”  Two things I was ignoring were the fact that the actual shock was not due until later—when it did come—and the fact that my nightly retreats into British murder mysteries certainly qualified as trying to escape from my environment. Few seasoned travelers to the East would consider referring to it as “mystic”; the realities are …

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