My two days in Balto went well. I stayed in a cushy hotel - always a plus. I got to meet lots of colleagues whom I only knew by email or I hadn't seen in years. My brown-bag presentation on gender and development went well with 30+ attendees and good questions and comments afterwards. I saw some American friends from Burkina Faso. I had cream of crab soup, crabcakes, and shepherd's pie. The only downsides were: (1) the rain and (2) my normally ironclad stomach roiling at combinations such as spicy chicken wings + cinnamon/brown sugar Pop-Tarts. I love America!
Now I'm back in DC and continuing my action-packed trip. I had Lebanese for lunch and Peruvian for dinner. I spent the afternoon with a friend whom I knew in Morocco who worked for a democracy and governance organization and is now in the private sector. I was a little surprised at the switch since I never pictured her in the corporate world. Then I saw another friend whom I knew when we worked at the same organization while I was in grad school who is preparing to transfer to Zambia on her first posting with USAID. Like my other friend she's made a big change career-wise, combined with a move to an entirely different continent.
So what are my big anticipated changes?
* possibly baby-making
* definitely returning to the US over the next few months
* increasing my body mass index from all this food (I had fried Spam this morning)