One of the best things about being an expat is getting to come home again. Don’t get me wrong. Expat life in invigorating, infuriating, interesting and mind-numbing: all the emotions you’d expect to feel uprooting and replanting yourself in such fashion.

I’ve learned a lot and met a lot of people in the last year living in the UAE. I hope to have added to a group of lifelong friends and memories that I will carry with me no matter where I go.

The last week in Houston has flown by in a flurry of shopping trips and errands that I wanted to run while I was in the US. I’ve spent precious time with Mom and Dad – I’m the child who has always lived away from home – and had fun with Aashish, Roseann and, of course, Nikhil. No matter where I go in the world, they are the ones on my mind, the people for whom these stories are always told.

I go up to Dallas tomorrow to see friends there and am excited about a quick overnight to Philly on NYE to celebrate the wedding of Jim MacMillan and Kathy Matheson. I’m Dubai-bound once more on the 2nd. (Anyone have a contact at Emirates for an upgrade?)

I hope you and all you love are having a wonderful holiday. Thanks for being so supportive of me and for reading my blog. My love and blessings to you in 2010.

My nephew, Nikhil, in a rare moment when he wasn't sneaking around trying to open gifts.

2 thoughts on “Home for the holidays

  1. Beautifully done. And thanks for posting the picture of Niki WITHOUT any of his new Clemson gear. No one looks good in orange, anyway …

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