Bon Voyage!

The past 10 days have been a whirlwind. Harvard Graduation. Family celebrations. Recital and reception with friends. NEC wrap-up for a 3-month leave. Packing less than 44 lbs into one suitcase for three months.

I'm now sitting in Logan's Air Canada waiting room, almost ready to depart for Manila (via Toronto and Tokyo). The next three months are an adventure like I've never before imagined or expected. I know it'll be memorable in countless ways, but I can't yet comprehend the impact it'll have long-term. I've committed to blogging about (and photographing!) the experiences of the next three months. The itinerary as it currently stands includes visits to:

Socio-economic and political research trek (June):
Manila, Philippines
Guangzhou and Shezhen, China
Hong Kong, SAR
Bangkok, Thailand
Seoul, Korea
Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia

Leadership teaching fellowship (July & August): 
Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam
Hangzhou, China
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Seoul, Korea
Guangzhou, China
Sendai, Japan
(potentially one final location in Japan TBC ... or a workshop back in Boston)

Three months might seem like a long time. It is a quarter of a year. But in the overall perspective of a lifetime, it's a substantial yet relatively small timeframe. Meaning - I'll be back to Boston soon! While I'm sharing my journey here, I'd love to hear from you! Email, skype, or text me anytime. 

In the meantime, I'm still reflecting on the past two weeks, specifically the commencement speeches by HGSE faculty Karen Brennan and HGSE Dean James Ryan. If you have a few minutes, check out these two speeches - well worth your time!
http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/15/06/karen-brennans-convocation-remarks
http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/15/05/dean-ryans-commencement-remarks

All smiles from my family after the HGSE graduation ceremony.

All smiles from my family after the HGSE graduation ceremony.