This evening marked the end of a very intense week. We finished as we began: as a circle of people, now friends, greeting each other in turn.
Most unnerving moment of the day: an FSO comrade reading my blog on his Blackberry as we sat together. "I didn't know the pool was heated! Why'd I have to learn that from your blog?" was his main comment. (He is the Iranian affairs specialist and I'm sure he has many other things in mind apart from the pool.)
So now I'm waiting for the laundry to finish and listening to "World Cafe." I'm packing in order to leave at 4am tomorrow since my flight departs at 11am from Denver. I'm tired from another sub-zero swim, a heavy dinner, and a long series of emotional goodbyes, however temporary. My roommate has wandered off to find a box to ship her winter things back to DC since she is continuing on to El Salvador.
It's been a long week. I still feel as if I were a misfit participant but at least most of the time it was fun.
* bonus point if you recognize this milestone cultural reference.
I really wish I knew Latin America better. (My roommate works for a Member of Congress on immigration issues so her trip is an official junket.) I've been to Mexico, but hopefully when my boss and I divvy up the world, I'll get a chance to see more of LA.
Real life friends reading my journal freaks me out, I have to admit. I have a group of friends on LJ, and they read my journal, but it helps that they are old friends who (a)hardly ever see me, and (b) know me at least half my life. The real life friends are the reason I tend to do a lot of filters- there are some things better left told only to strangers.
sounds like an amazing week!
those blackberries are spreading like vermin. i've been having trouble getting managers to stop playing on them during the recruitment training they've been obliged to attend. consequently at the moment they shit me, but i want one too :)