I am in the midst of packing for a business trip. At 4am tomorrow morning I will leave the house, drive to Los Angeles International Airport and board the first in a series of flights that will deliver me to Athens, Greece sometime Monday. I'm looking forward to the trip and to some of the Greek scenery and antiquities I will likely encounter. Beyond that, I am a bit sad at leaving home so close to the holidays. I'll be back in plenty of time for Christmas but still will miss some of those special days as the season progresses.
Hopefully, I'll bring back a nice photo or two I can share.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
I returned to L.A. last night from a whirlwind business trip across Europe. Flying from Los Angeles to London to Munich to Budapest to London over a five-day timespan was a grueling and rewarding experience. Traveling with some great colleagues made the trip nicer, even with the complete lack of reasonable sleep that accompanied us.
We had red cabbage in Munich, goulash in Budapest, pints of ale and stellar Indian food in London.
All in all the trip was great and the world view that comes from travel like this continues to shape me. That's a good thing. People are basically good everywhere I've been. They are helpful, caring , and always eager for conversation. Some people would say this makes the world seem smaller. I suppose I do get the concept. However, in my experience, these experiences cause the world to seem ever wider and increasingly wonderful.