1. Reimmersion in cross-cultural life. I ate Japanese soba noodles, Korean dumplings and ja jang myun (black bean sauce on noodles), Brazalian cheese balls and guarana soda. I also had the opportunity to reacquaint myself with kimchi, but I opted out ... I did, however, skim a little booklet about the wonderful global food of kimchi.
2. Laid-back time with friends.
3. The WTS bookstore prices and selection.
4. Graduation events -- the ceremony was very good. I'm proud of my friends who graduated, and I'm thankful for my alma mater's faithful testimony to God and his Word for the last 77 years. I'm sad for a number of somber reminders that were very evident, but I'm all the more thankful for Christ and his promises.
5. Humidity, traffic, sales tax, lots and lots of people. Oh, wait...
*Bonus*: gratefulness for the way that God has ordered my footsteps ... bringing me through this place, to these people, and then leading me on and continuing to grow me in ways that I would not have expected or even imagine that I needed. In many ways, it feels like I never really left here. In other ways, it feels like I am a lifetime away from the lifestyle, the discussions, the people.
"...And he will make your paths straight..."