One of the perks of my job is that is occasionally involves travel. I guess I’m lucky because so many Americans don’t get to visit other countries, and I appreciate that. And although I would not call myself an exotic tourist, I have been able to visit several countries and meet people from all over the world. One of the things Jeff and I hope to be able to do in retirement (if that ever comes) is to continue travelling. As you read this post (if you can make it through the whole thing, don’t forget to have a look at my photographs.
In early February, I had an opportunity to visit the Asian continent for the first time. While I never really had thought of it as being Asia, technically it is. My skills in geography aren’t stellar by any means, and so when the trip came up, I had to do some research. I have to say I was a bit excited about this new destination.
Well, after 16 months of commuting nearly full time to work in SLC, it seems as though my time there is done.Â I use italics because I can’t really be sure of anything.Â But at least for the full-time nature of it, I think it will be….for a while.Â I attach somewhat easily, so it was with mixed emotions that I am transitioning back to a normal life.Â As I packed up my things in SLC, I was both excited to be going home and a little saddened that I won’t be seeing the friends and co-workers I’ve become used to seeing every day.Â I know I’ll be back there from time to time, I just don’t know how often.
I’ve now had two very busy weeks back in Mpls before heading off on a much-needed vacation away from the office.Â And as I sit here tonight, I should be going to bed instead so I can get up and face the office after 10 days away!Â I can only imagine the email that will be waiting.
Since mid January, I’ve been working 50% in our Salt Lake City (from now on referred to as SLC) office. This means commuting out there every other week. As the Winter Olympics are underway in Torino, Italy, it’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since the 2002 SLC Olympics…and I was there then too!
At least for now I’m making the best of it. I’m commuting mid-week for win-win situation. Airfare is cheaper going from Tuesday to Tuesday than Monday to Friday. And during snow season, it allows me to be in SLC every other weekend, where I can take advantage of access to at least 7 ski resorts, rather than having to fly home from work and get right back on a plane to a ski vacation.
While the work is demanding, Jeff has been able to come out and we’ve done some snowboarding in Park City, Brighton and Solitude. We enjoyed snowy days at the Canyons Resort and Park City Mountain Resorts, and sunshine at Brighton and Solitude. Jeff has enjoyed getting out, and I think I’m finally reallygetting the feel (this is my third year) for the snowboard.
As the snowboard season wanes and the work deadlines evolve, my commute schedule will likely change. But for now, I’ll make the best of it.