|What was going on?|
It is common in the
Middle East for people to sit and converse at much closer distances than
US-American are used to. The guy was just connecting with me on a topic he
obviously felt strongly about and didnít mean to make me claustrophobic. Even
though I knew exactly what was going on, I could not control my feelings and
needed to take a breather. While I never got totally used to it, I got so I
could control my "flee" response after a while.