we took to the woods

“Here’s the thing. No one ever tells Americans that when they move abroad, even if they are empathetic and sensitive humans — even if they come clean about their genetic inability to learn languages, even if they consider themselves leftist critics of their own government — that they will inevitably, and unconsciously, spend those first months in a foreign country feeling superior to everyone around them and to the nation in which they now have the privilege to live.”

Suzy Hansen, Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World