thanks for the blog. Just wanted to share some thoughts and gut instincts. I used to live in Thailand and I actually felt less suffering there than I do in the Western world. In the western world I'm intrinsically bombarded with people's suffering because of their reluctance to show it. I have found that in contrast- people of developing countries are more at ease with their circumstance compared to their 'everything is not enough' counterparts. People are generally happier in themselves and yes, they do scam foreigners- you are not alone, but it is a small inconvenience in the abundance it is to experience such a different culture. I am willing to admit I loved living like a queen in Thailand and I was wary for myself when I started to adopt some entitlement status. I think living in an entirely different culture challenges everyone. You are talking about integration in others but first, you need to start with yourself. At this point in time you are not in a position to speak of a new world when you cannot appreciate your current. On an energy level, appreciating German efficiency and Swiss chocolate is rather reflective of you right now. Those are incredibly egotistical things. I'm sorry to say you sound spoilt and an ego maniac.
I think you need to be told.
You have taught us well in recognising the difference.
Take some time out.