I've never lived (or even spent much time) in the countryside, and I can't begin to describe the new, quiet feelings that come with it.
At first I felt so far away -- away from Charleston, away from people I love, away from everything. But after a little adjusting, I realized just how good being truly away can feel. Dordogne is like a little fairytale land, away from the real world and everything that remotely resembles it.
It's important for me to have times and experiences that change my perspective so constantly and so dramatically, that it's all I can do just to soak it in. This is that time.