Nearing the end

Trip Start Jun 27, 2009
Trip End Jul 26, 2009

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

ho hum - I am now at the business end of my trip. In two days I will fly out, to return home.

Last week I stayed with Chris and Naomi. Naomi's is an Aussie who I went to uni with. Her middle son is our godson. HAd a great time hanging out with them and the boys. Also went to the Marine Corps Museum with them - the highlight being able to see the actual flag that flew over Iwo Jima (think of Rosenthaal's very famous photo of its raising). What was especially cool was seeing a Iwo Jima war veteran, who was acting as a tour guide. He brought an unique perspective on the photos of the famous landing on that island
This week I have stayed with friends in Loudoun County, where we used to live in our time here from 01 - 04.
It has been great catching up with many friends, ranging from old students to church friends. Every night I have had a different dinner date, so I am being well fed. During the day, I have done a little shopping, but I have also enjoyed dropping in on people unannounced - cool seeing their surprise and pleasure seeing me again. 
One funny little highlight was dropping in on a coffee shop where I always bought my beans when I lived here. Same guy worked there and he remembered me!

Although in some ways it is a little tiring catching up with so many people in such a short period of time, it has been great to hear what people have been up to. I especially enjoy listening and see if there are things I can learn from their stories. Things such as - 
- get out and enjoy ife
- the importance of witnessing
- how to raise my kids in better ways
- the importance of generosity of time
Lastly, I also had a chance to drive around the countryside where I lived. Loudoun County is really a beautiful county, and I miss the scenery as well as the people.
So now my travels draw to a close, and so will my blog updates. 
I will publicly thank my wife Erica for letting me go. I have had such a great time. It will be hard to go back to work the day after I return, but alas, I must.

Hope you all enjoyed my blog

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