So all of a sudden, everyone that we visit on the trip seems to be 'a friend of Mom's from high school.' It's become a bit of a running joke but it's also been one of my favorite parts about our travels. It's been 20+ years since we girls have been together and these quick opportunities to reconnect have been more meaningful than I would have thought.
We were able to experience a part of Africa that I never thought I would see thanks for Leelie. Her parents are living there too so that was a bonus. Our most gracious host thus far on our journey.
Tracey's my most mobile friend and has been in Tokyo for almost two years after spends a few years in the Philippines. Her girls will have the most international experience when they get back home to the states.
And Melissa, my friend in the Middle East, is going on 8 years in Saudi Arabia. (Kris, she must really love you.) The upside of Melissa's husband's job is the amount of vacation time he gets. To the rest of us it seems like he only works four weeks a year but she tells us it's closer to 40. Either way it makes it easier for us to see Melissa when she can get out of Saudi to visit us in places like Barcelona. Who would have thought we would have to travel to Spain to see each other.
I promise to be better about connecting in person when I get back home. I love Facebook and all that it has exposed me to (and allowed for these re-connections) but nothing beats grabbing a cafe con leche and getting a foot massage with a good friend:).