I'll be going on home leave on the 21st. Six weeks in the US! Yippee! Granted, two of those days will be spent at HQ. But still. I'll be in Washington DC for a week (minus the two days in Baltimore) and then off to San Francisco. My fatal flaw in planning though is not having budgeted enough time in DC. I love DC. There are lots of people I'd like to see there and lots of things to do, like the exhibit at the Smithsonian on the centennial of Filipino migration to the US, and the National Museum of the American Indian. I haven't visited since 2004 when we spent a few days meeting up with folks from my Peace Corps training group, and in 2003 when we stayed in DC for a month on MoBob's first visit to the US.
MoBob is not coming this time. He says it's because of his work gig with Peace Corps, but I truly believe it's because he doesn't want to watch the World Cup at 3am in Spanish, which is what he'll have to do in San Francisco. Not only am I deprived of his company, I also have to do without two extra pieces of luggage. The horror!
The only problem is that vacation doesn't really feel like vacation. In between seeing the people I love, sleeping, eating, and shopping, I have to squeeze in a multitude of doctor appointments as well as other business. This year there's the special treat of attending my friend Mary Ellen's wedding.
Before then though I have to plan, facilitate and write up the report for the gender and development training I'm doing for the education department, finalize the two presentations I'm giving at HQ, and sort out all the niggling little travel details. It'll be worth it when I can finally conk out on the night flight to Paris.