Thursday, November 27, 2008

We Can Show You...And We Don't Even Have To Kill You!

This has been "Embassy Week" here in the Balla household. I spent Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday working with government officials and professors from both China and the United States on a Fulbright-related project. It has definitely been interesting to see how the program works from the "other side." I really have a new appreciation for just how much goes into moving a family of Americans half way around the world. I've been saying, in the abstract, how nice it is to have the support and resources of the United States government behind us. After this week, I can make this claim in a more tangible way than ever.

And it's not just because of the way we stuffed our faces last night at the Embassy Thanksgiving feast (although that we certainly did!). It's the meeting, in both professional and personal settings, others who want to travel the world, learn about far away places (and themselves!), and perhaps (in small ways) foster mutual understanding among cultures, societies, and political systems.

In addition to being thankful for our families and friends, we do have a lot to be thankful for as Americans...God Bless America!

~Steve

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