The girlfriend has been back for a while and is now off again for a couple of months. She's definitely making good use of her year-long sabbatical following her heart, broadening her horizons and shifting her perspectives of the world at large.
I'm going to miss her just that little bit. We always have fun random coffee dates. I'm not done with teasing her about this colorful pair of ballet flats she bought on a whim in Seattle. It does match her usual dark jeans really well. Bye bye girlfriend, see you in April. Maybe earlier, somewhere else, if our travel dates match.
This round, I wish you well, and please please don't dwell in the infinite loop of angst. A verse to bid you a smooth journey- "Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law." Psalm 119:18 (NIV) Keep a calm mind, don't be too nice to weird humans, and have loads of fun in a strangely different cultural environment.