I have just ended a long, non-stop, cross-country and transcontinental journey spanning across America, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Portugal. Over 23 days, I visited over a dozen cities, and rekindled relations with more than a dozen friends and distant relatives. I’ve met also about a dozen more new friends — friends with whom I am privileged to share many beautiful moments on this journey with.
It was exhausting, no doubt about it. I woke up every day anxious about an appointment I might be late for due to the transport strikes in Paris, or a train I might miss. But I felt that these inconveniences were minor compared to the joy of seeing and revisiting old friends who were kind enough to host me or make time for me while I was in town. I was honored to be in — and to keep — such company, because the older I get, the more I realize that good friends are worth more than a mountain of treasure. Despite all the time, money, and energy spent on the move, I came back to Cambridge, Massachusetts feeling so much richer than when I had left.
I am so thankful to begin this new year on this positive note, and hope the following months will bring even more opportunities to meet new and old people and places — for all of us. 📸 This spectacular view of the Colorado River was captured from the window of the dining car of the California Zephyr as we were enjoying our lunch. We didn’t make friends over this meal, but this beautiful memory will stay with us forever.
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