I have six days left here and I feel weird. I'm excited about going, sad about leaving, and also able, suddenly, to admit I'm moving on finally from something more important than Dubai.
On my first holiday here I had decided – just like with Bombay – that this is a great place to visit but I wouldn't want to live here. A few years later, I came here anyway, unquestioningly, for someone else. Carole King said: I want a house with a window sill but if you want to live in New York city, I will... where you lead I will follow. It's the stupidest sentiment you've ever heard, but that's something you have to learn through trial and error.
The last piece of that life broke when I was moving, even in the act of handing it over to a friend. When I get on the plane, I will be lighter by even more. A five-year recovery from a four-year relationship is too long by any standards. But it's done.
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