Back in the Proverbial Saddle
I've arrived in LA after having covered some serious ground, visiting Tanzania, Egypt, Belgium, Switzerland, and Italy.
The highs were many and the lows few, but I especially enjoyed seeing some incredible animals during the five day safari in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, recovering from the safari at glorious Nungwi beach on Zanzibar, spending time with good friends and discovering chaotic Cairo, contemplating life in peaceful and beautiful Switzerland, relaxing on the beaches of stunning Positano, and reconnecting with family in Belgium.
I find that travelling provides me with perspective by exposing me to different ways of life and values systems, which forces me to reconsider my own, and by unplugging me from the grid for a long period of time. I was burned out when I left Connecticut, and during the early stages of the trip, I was frankly glad to be away from computers. By the end of the trip, though, I was getting a serious itch to see what had happened in the weeks that I was unplugged. (Lots, it turns out, and that's just with Fox.)
Since I arrived here on Thursday, I've enjoyed the unseasonably cool weather (27 Celsius / 80 Fahrenheit with a nice breeze), found a sweet pad in Santa Monica several blocks from the beach, been to the beach both days this weekend, had a really cool and challenging first project waiting for me at Fox, and enjoyed meeting the new folks and seeing some familiar faces at the office. I count myself lucky that life has been very, very good lately.