New Friends, Old Friends, & a Rush to the Finish
Trip Start Oct 24, 2005
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Basically, I brought the teachers in and he worked on keeping them sane and happy. He had to find housing for all the summer teachers, of which there were about 40 in Hanoi, all starting on May 22nd, June 5th, or June 26th -- meaning lots of work for him
In the middle of all of the goings on, our good friend from Madtown, Lerner, dropped into Hanoi to spend a little QT with us. It was so lovely to see him and to show him some of our favorite spots around town, but one of the best parts of his visit was the merging of our old and new lives as we introduced him to the Hanoi crew.
June not only ushered in the beginning of the summer program, but also the inaugural Geminipalooza birthday party to celebrate mine, Konrad's, and Diego's birthdays. It was my 30th, so a bit of a milestone, and I milked it for all it was worth, stretching the festivities out for a week. We felt very fortunate to have so many wonderful friends around to help us toast to our birthdays and rode into the second half of the month on a birthday high.
We also felt a bit of a rush at the thought of going home for the first time in almost three years -- far too long! We were headed home on June 27th for about 5 weeks, and we were really looking forward to it. True to form, we had too much on our plates and were running around like crazy as we prepared to leave: shopping for souvenirs, sorting out Diego, finding someone to take over our jobs for 5 weeks... there was tons to do before we left! The question was, would it all get done?