i'm back home in iowa for a month now. during apec, i never really had time to say goodbye properly with my friends and work mates. so in a whirl wind period of 48 hrs, i tied all the last minute tasks up properly and invited everyone out for drinks my last night out. the night flew by with me watching everyone drift away with a farewell and a hug. it was hard and difficult to admit i wasn't going to be in sydney after tomorrow. it's painful to know i wasn't going to be able to just drop in and have a chat.
out of all the great jobs i've left, this was the hardest to leave. nobody made it easy for me either. so with that said, i'm home with my family and enjoying my time here before heading out for the next tour. it helps with decompressing but my thoughts go back to all the friends i made in sydney. the foreign service is truly a double edged sword when it come to the multitude of friends you can make but also the reality of always having them spread all over the globe.