It starts after month you arrive
and could last up to two years, or longer.
You begin creating rituals
like learning the streets yourself
since no one going to take a day off to drive
you around to see the attractions.
You no longer amuse yourself
with naive exercises of compare-and-contrast
of what can be found here and not there,
you start to looking into the future, and get vertigo,
making your homeland so beautiful.
In bus rides going home, eye-contact, and a smile
from another adventurer like you
gives you a moment’s strength
you can’t explain.
In dinner tables, apologies start to outnumber promises.