It was kinda hard to walk down the jetway onto the plane, but once we started rolling I knew there was no going back. Last year at this time I was heading off into a completely unknown adventure, this year I knew exactly how much work was waiting for me on the other end. After spending hours in the air, walking what felt like miles through some big airports, getting lost in a bathroom (hey, I was tired, and it was big, there were a lot of mirrors) I finally walked out into the humid air. It felt pretty special to see two of my classmates grinning at me and holding a pretty yellow sign with my name on it at the end of the sidewalk. Their respective accents sounded strange to my ears as we chatted and laughed in the taxi on our way home. I found chocolate and fruit on my pillow and a “Welcome Home” sign hanging from my bed and those long hours of travel instantly became worth it – nothing beats awesome friends who missed you while you were gone. The last week has been filled with jet lag, work, cleaning, goodbyes to our graduating teammates, new fears, and joyful beginnings. Tomorrow we begin with hellos to our new incoming teammates, lots of hard work, and the start of a brand new year.
and…the jet lag kicks in long before it’s welcome