You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place, I told him, like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way ever again.
-Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran
I left the UAE four years ago, and the Middle East 3 1/2. (I may have even shared this quote back in 2013 because it resonated so strongly with me then.) and now I’m back and I’m a tourist and I’m with my husband’s family and when peiple ask where I’m from, I say Texas (!) and it’s like I’m not even the same person.
I’m not the same person.
And Dubai isn’t the same place.
And there’s no going back, not ever again.
It’s a strange feeling, indeed.