Minneapolis sent me off with a bang last week. A big thanks to Lindsey and Lisa for planning my going away party themed “Michael’s favorite things.” While Julie Andrews from Sound of Music might (and I’d emphasis might) be a better singer than me, we have vastly different interests–raindrops on roses don’t really do it for me, and I happen to love a good dog bite or bee sting from time to time.
The party featured plenty of Duke gear, Cheerwine, a Mulan lookalike, Shark costumes, 80’s gear, and even a live rendition of my favorite youtube video. Needless to say, I was on cloud nine. Thanks to those who came to celebrate with me. It was fun seeing everyone, and you all are the reason leaving Minneapolis will be so hard.
On a more serious note, brainstorming all of my favorite things for the party invite was a reminder of everything I’ll be going without for the next year. Fortunately, I don’t think finding new things to keep me happy in Bulgaria will be difficult, as travel, cultural immersion, and teaching also top the list of my favorite things.
I’m wrapping up a great visit with family and friends at home in North Carolina this week, and am looking forward to one more week in Minneapolis before I leave on August 8th!