transport | urbanism | adventures | pontification
On Sunday, I took a break from packing to celebrate my imminent departure with family, friends, teachers, and mentors. It was a meaningful gathering, and I appreciated the chance to say goodbye to so many people before my year abroad. As I think about spending a year away from the States, it almost feels like I should be packing a big trunk and preparing to board a steamship for a month-long journey. This guideline from the Watson Foundation has certainly been in my mind:
In our changing world, some elements of the Watson philosophy may seem anachronistic, artificial, and unnecessary, but returning fellows consistently attest that this “exercise” – in solo living, independent travel, and intentional separation from one’s roots – remains a powerfully valid one.
Perhaps this sentiment was reflected a little too strongly in the photography from the event?
Thank you to everyone who was able to make it. To see pictures from the event (not in “Sayonara Style” aka processed by Bakumatsu Koshashin Generator), click here; the password to view them is the name of the restaurant at which the party was held.