In the last 6 weeks, I have also discovered that I miss deep conversations. In the land of another culture and language, I couldn’t figure out whether certain subjects were sensitive. e.g. racism in Italy soccer (I bombed when I brought it up) or secularism and God in Turkey (awkward silence followed).
But then as I am getting closer to the United States, the empty subjects, the empty generalizations that are so common from Americans. The this is what I think so it should be this way and awkward jokes that don’t make sense overseas.