I arrived home this morning, exhausted, but thankful for a wonderful trip. My hosts in Malaysia were wonderful people. And my journey home was made far less agonizing because I got to leave the airports of Taipei and Los Angeles to hang out with friends new (Grace and Tim Heebner in Taipei) and new (Laura Tremaine in LA). In both cases, they knew I was traveling because of social media, and they reached out about getting together. In both cases, they picked me up and brought me to some great food.
And I’m very, very grateful for friends old and new, who would drive an hour or 90 minutes to hang out with me during a layover. I’ve done nothing to deserve such friendship, but I am thankful for it.