I flew out of DC and arrived in Los Angeles to spend the night in a hotel. I had hoped there would be an In-N-Out burger joint near the hotel, but I was pleased to find a non-franchised taco shop. I relished the torta and horchata, and it brought back strong memories of 10 years ago.
Presently I'm in the China Airlines lounge in Taipei for a ten-hour layover. I'm here with Brian the Marine (heading back to Okinawa); Casey the Kindergarten teacher; and Darla a fellow English teacher.
Didn't get much sleep on the 14+ hr flight, but I did have some great conversation with a cattle farmer Buddhist from Columbia, Missouri. It's good to be in the world again.