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My bladder always wakes me up at 4am. This morning when I woke up for the first 5 seconds, I didn’t know where I was. One more second to realize I was not at home and another full second to realize that I wasn’t even in the same country.

I heard a dog barking outside and the sounds of faraway traffic – sounds I don’t hear from my lakeside lair. A peek out the bathroom window showed me a street full of cars and the walled gates of the other homes surrounding this one – but not a soul in sight.

Classes start at 8:30 this morning and while I’m excited about that, I can’t wait to start exploring this city!