There is no place like home

Trip Start Oct 06, 2007
Trip End Nov 03, 2007

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Friday, November 2, 2007

As I count down the hours till I return to San Francisco, I've been thinking about my time and experiences here.
One lesson, I really like San Francisco - and everyone in Switzerland loves San Francisco. When I told people that I was looking into living and working abroad, they'd ask, "Why do you want to leave San Francisco?" I was asked this question so many times that I began to question why I wanted to leave San Francisco.
My current plan is to stick around San Francisco for the next few years. I'd miss my friends and my job if I left and I would really miss the energy of San Francisco. I'll keep living and working abroad as a longer term objective (5+ years from now) but right now I have it so good that I don't want to leave.
I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to take one month to explore this option. Being so far away from friends and family helped to put perspective on some things I had been considering. I plan to do more traveling, but perhaps to other parts of the world.
I also learned that I really like vacations where I have the opportunity to stay in one place for a long period of time. In September 2006 I visited Europe, but the tour moved daily. Constant travel was tiring and I feel that I have gotten more from spending one month in Zurich than spending 2 weeks all over Europe.
I have been tying up a few loose ends in Zurich, meeting with friends and such during my last few days here. I met with James last night and we went to this wine boat party. Its where several boats line up on Lake Zurich and you move from boat to boat tasting wine. We only made it to six boats before the festival closed for the evening - I don't think that I could have made a visit to all 12 without a visit to the Emergency Room.
I also made peace with Cece - just a note, I discovered that she's been gnawing holes in all of my socks! Since my host family does not have a dryer, they hang out their clothing in the basement to dry. My socks are placed on the lower rack where Cece can reach. I've been wondering why my socks have been coming back in such poor condition.  Then I went downstairs three nights ago to find Cece pulling at one of my socks drying on the rack! She only does this to my socks. I can buy new socks in the US, but I'm ticked off that I've been wearing tattered socks the past few weeks thanks to the damn cat.
Anyway, Cece brought home a dead mouse last night. I thought it was a crumpled mitten, but when I got closer, I realized it was a dead mouse. She left it in the living room and when I returned with my host family father to tell him about the mouse, it was gone (he says that she ate it). He said that she leaves mice as gifts in the living room. He thinks that it was Cece's attempt to be nice.
I have a few more goodbyes to say and a few more items to pack, but I am really so very excited to reconnect with everyone in San Francisco. Thank you for coming with me in spirit on this adventure and I hope that you have enjoyed reading about my experiences.
See you all soon,
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