Quiet Time

I need quiet time and get overloaded if I don’t make some accommodation for it. Travel inherently involves what the Chinese call 热闹 (re nao in Pinyan). It literally translates as “hot noise”. This post contains a good explanation. Some people thrive on it, but it wears me out and can make me irrational.

In new places I tend to do a variety of things to get it.

Retreat to my home away from home. I usually nest a bit where I am staying.

A bench with a view.

Parks (last post) are often a nice place to be outside and enjoy the place, without being overwhelmed.

Coffee shops are also a good option. They often have a quiet corner somewhere.

Just knowing that I have a retreat planned out for when things get overwhelming helps me tolerate more re nao than I could otherwise.

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