1. The storytelling
I can’t help it — the minute I step off the plane, I start rambling off all sorts of stories about my latest experience. They usually start off in the same way, from most influential/amazing, like seeing the Northern Lights in person, to less exciting, like how many times I had to use the bathroom after eating my first curry in Bangalore.
The people I talk to smile and nod, but no one ever really connects. And it’s understandable — they weren’t there, and even through photos it’s hard to visualize the same feelings I embodied on the road. Sometimes I’ll talk for so long, lost in my own world, that I don’t even notice my present company texting right in front of my face.