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And lastly, Hawaii. What a brilliant last stop! It’s been incredible to do some of our re-immersing in real life from the comfort and luxury of this house. On the up side, we’ve been able to get mostly caught up over the course of a week; on the downside, we’ve only been to the beach and driving range once in 7 days (no full golf rounds), and for our last day (tomorrow) a level 2 hurricane (Flossie) is supposed to hit. Oh well. It was still nice to stave off some of the panic that inevitably awaits after 3 months away from “the real world.”

What a trip it’s been though! Carl’s working on some superlatives, and so far I entirely agree with them. I’ve enjoyed seeing so many beautiful places, and specifically have enjoyed thinking about how different nature’s beauty is in different parts of the world. I’ve also come to appreciate more the value of short-term relationships; many of the people we’ve met I probably won’t see again, but I have really enjoyed our time together all the same.

So what’s next? To Boston for Angie Peluse’s wedding, then to Minneapolis for some time with Carl’s family, and then he drives west to start work! And I head south to begin establishing myself into Chicago. In some ways I can’t believe it’s time for that already; in others, school seems like it was an eon ago and so much has happened in between. I’ve enjoyed this time in part because I know there are good things to come after it, and I am starting to get excited for those next steps, as different as they will be. Onward!

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permalink written by  GoBlue on August 14, 2007 from Hilo, United States
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