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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Big love

I have the BEST best friend in the world. Only Megan would wake up at the crack of Jennifer (thank you, Stephen Fry) to Skype with me before she goes off to work and I head to bed.

Isn't it crazy that Thursday is already over here in Seoul -- an entire workday finished, dinner eaten, drinking an evening cuppa tea -- while the day has barely started in Arlington? It's like some weird time travel "Back to the Future" situation.

What's the nicest thing your best friend has ever done for you?

I'm lucky to have the most amazing best friends in the States. Some of my friends and coworkers here in Korea have no one waiting for them at home. They admit that they've lost touch with all or most of their friends back home and use this as one reason to continue leading nomadic lives.

I strive for a good balance between a fantastic home life with friends and family, and an interesting and fulfilling semi-nomadic existence. It's not always easy but especially on those days when I just want to give it all up and head home, I remind myself how overwhelmingly lucky I am. Being free to travel anywhere I want (except Cuba, thankyouverymuch), meet fascinating people and have experiences that the majority of Americans will never have. It's a blessing to see a lot of the world at a relatively young age and know there's still so much more to enjoy.

At the same time, there's always someone who's been to more places, done more, lived more. The thought of that keeps me going when taking the easy way out looks appealing.

But I never forget that back home is the BEST support system of friends and family. Big love to all you guys, even if I don't say it as often as I should.

(Would now be an appropriate moment to bust out some O.A.R.?)