Life has been such a whirlwind over the past month I can't believe I'm making this long trip tonight. I meet my dear brother at JFK at 7:30 and then we head out for Hong Kong, followed by Bangkok, then onward to Chiang Rai. We are actually stopping to spend the night in Bangkok which means that we will be there on December 31st. I have spent Easter in Mexico, Thanksgiving in Africa, Valentines in England, and Mother's Day in Italy. Now I get to add New Year's Eve in Thailand to that list. I feel very blessed to have experienced so many layers of culture firsthand. Years ago, my roommate Dee and I walked into an Irish Pub in Bangkok and found a Thai Beatles cover band singing "Back in the U.S.S.R.". That's the stuff I really love. When cultures just melt together to understand and misunderstand each other peacefully over things like good music and national holidays.
As always, I'm exhausted just thinking about the trip, but I'm eager for the road. I really do love to travel and I'm dying to see our kids and staff again. I don't know when I'll get to update this blog again but I will try and, who knows, maybe Brian will decide to write some stuff in my absence. It could happen.