Saturday, March 15, 2008

Three Days

Yesterday: Last day of meetings. Government officials tagging along. Everyone on best behavior. Thinking about going home. Difficulty concentrating on interpreting. Dinner. Two cosmopolitans. Fighting over check. Live music and lots of laughing.

Today: Final evaluation. Formal speeches. Formal goodbyes. Congratulations, thanks, posing for lots of group photos. Evening. Informal goodbyes in hotel hallways. Set 3:30 wake-up call.

Tomorrow: Insanely early cab to airport. More goodbyes. Nonstop, cross-country flight. Window seat. Travel pillow. Sleep on plane. Finally see my boys.

Don’t leave them again for a long time.

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