Finding Myself in a Place Where I got Lost
“Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbor is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.”
I looked into the swirling turquoise water. Twilight was creeping up on the old town of Cadiz. Even though I didn’t have a swim suit, I felt desperate to jump in and metaphorically jump into my first part of the summer. I jumped onto the rocks shed my shirt and dived. The cool water met my body and covered me. My body popped out like a torpedo, my shorts stuck to my body as I wadded out. I had no towel but was warmed by the temperate weather of southern Spain. I climbed back onto the boardwalk and joined my new family, entered a new culture, and learned to be more accepting and independent.