I flew into Richmond last weekend to spend a week at work in Frederiksburg, Virginia. It has been an interesting experience. This part of the country is absolutely beautiful and my first thought upon arrival last Saturday was that I could easily relocate here. There are huge pine trees and a smell that accompanies the many forests that is as equally pleasant. Its attraction is in part due to its stark contrast to the desert. The grass is greener here, the soil is fertile, the numerous water bodies are enticing. We don’t have these things in Tucson, so I suppose it is natural to want what you don’t have – particularly when one is interested in things horitculutral.
Over the course of the week I found myself longing for things I didn’t have: jalapenos with every meal, perfect weather every day, a back yard that will never be finished, dogs that rarely listen, and family! Virginia is really nice. It is clean, modern, and in what appears to be a perpetual state of development. But it is is no Tucson.
If it isn’t obvious – I am anxious to return home! I miss all that good stuff even if I did have an enjoyable time here in a beautiful part of the country. It is precisely trips like this that remind me that Yunuen and I should spend a lot more time traveling in North America than we have. There are so many things to see and experience that I think we forget about.
I am flying home today. I arrived a tad too early (three hours!), but the benefit was that I managed to get seat 1A on my flight to Chicago!