When I was 18, I left the country for the first time, hopping on a plane to Tunis, Tunisia. I was shocked. We have to buy our own water at the grocery store?! Ignorance from my privileged American ass.
Now I’m in Jordan, doing the same thing. It’s normal. As I travel, I learn and adapt to how other parts of the world works. I’m not sure if this is desensitization, or I’m learning to be more equanimous.
Some countries give out free water from the tap. Some you have to buy water at stores. Some even give out free vodka from the tap. While sometimes you have to go to the store for some white claws. Whatever it is, I want to learn how to empathize better.