Friday, January 21, 2011

Hi and Good-bye

Yawn... it's 4:16 am and I'm jet-lagged. I came back to the US yesterday and jet-lag has never really been my friend. This time I flew over the dateline and I have no idea how it will affect my sleep pattern. Curiously I lived the 20th of Jauary, 2011 twice. I started my journey on Thursday morning at 5:45 am and landed the same morning at 9:30 am in San Francisco. I have to say that it was more fun the other time around. The first time I had to say good-bye to my parents and the second time I got to say hi to my husband.

So, I'm back. I've been gone about a month and a half. I started off by a few weeks in Sweden, then a bonus day in China, a few days in Taiwan and finally a few weeks in Thailand. The trip has been absolutely amazing! The sights, foods, cultures and experiences have been great but what turned this trip into pure magic was the people I got to share it with. For the past 90 days I've been surrounded by people I hold dear. We've shared meals, drinks, hotels, laughs, feelings and memories.

If you have read my previous posts you will have read about delicious foods, gorgeous hotels and relaxing spas. I've written about the fabulous days I've had. When amazing things happen I feel no sense of entitlement, au contraire, I feel very humble and fortunate. The most humbling experience I've ever had was at my wedding. I couldn't believe the love and care our friends showered us with. I've carried the same feeling for the past weeks and my plan is to continue to do so.

Now I'm back. Now I can't wait to meet my wonderful friends here at home. To show them photos and tell them about the amazing trip I just did, but more importantly to catch up on what's happened in their lives since we saw each other last. A good-bye is always hard, but it's easier when you can follow every good-bye with a hi.

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