American Woman, Gotta Get Away

By Kay Jordan

When I travel I try to blend in with the natives. My success is limited. I’m taller than most women, taller than the average man in many cultures. I’m white, wear glasses and sport short hair. Like the majority of Americans I don’t speak a second language, but I’m always disappointed when, before I open my mouth, people in other countries address me in English. I would be insulted if anyone described me as a “typical American.” However, a summer trip to a quaint island in the quiet Baltic Sea transformed my view of my American self.…

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