Self-awareness is a major theme behind ANDREA.
When I moved to the Czech Republic in 2002, I wanted to believe I would be happy teaching 300 elementary-school students in a small town. I wanted to believe I could get along in a place where I spoke only snippets of the language. I wanted so much to believe that life in Europe would make me happy and carry me along to a better place.
This brand of desire is mirrored in ANDREA's opening lines:
I want to like her.
If I like her, then I'll like the room. And if she likes me, I can rent the room. And if I rent the room, I can move to Prague. And if I move to Prague, I'll be happy.
It's the if-then brand of thought. That carried me through my time in Europe. It didn't make me happy, but it did give me plenty of material.