In 2017, my last year in Huntington Beach, Orange County, California I went to Europe in Spring, to Brussels for a friend's wedding, and then to Dusseldorf and a few other towns.
I made great friends in Santa Ana and the city of Orange, California, where a fellow artist (in paper collage) organized downtown meetings, but also in other neighboring towns. I participated in many discussions on humanism and linguistics, went to fun parties and outdoor gatherings.
By the end of the year though, I might have came close to a nervous breakdown. I could not relax, I cried at strange times and places. Even running along the Santa Ana River, 10K every morning, stopped giving me the same happiness. I still wonder how I came back to my usual self.