Even in my personality I'm told there is a change, but it's been harder for me to recognise. I've always known who I am on the inside, it was being comfortable enough to reflect that on the outside that was difficult.
One of the first things that struck me about Tunisia, is the lack of advertisements. Where on earth was all the stuff I HAD to buy? And where were those perfect half naked woman that were put on this earth to make the rest of us mere humans feel bad about ourselves? Everything that was so real, so part of my everyday life at home, had dissolved somewhere between the North Sea and North Africa. There also isn't the same culture of celebrity and gossip magazines. After 6 months without it, when I was faced with a copy of 'Heat' magazine, I remember feeling genuinely offended by what was being said to me, both implicitly and explicitly. Telling me 21 ways to have higher self-esteem whilst humiliating the poor reality TV star who has put on a few pounds.
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By Kimberly Davidson
Edinburgh, the United Kingdom