Ten months ago today, I was standing at an air port half a world away getting ready to board a plane that would take me on one of the longest journeys of my life. In my quest for knowledge and training, I travelled across three countries, 2 continents, 1 ocean, across the equator, past the international dateline and all the way to the edge of another great ocean.
I had to leave my family, my home and everything else that I was so used to and come into a world that was only known to me through what I watched on TV or read about. What I found here was so different from what I had anticipated.
In the ten months since, I have grown to be so much a part of the Duke Marine Lab community. I got to know many friends and a few even greater friends most of which I shall never see again but a few of which I know I will get to see a whole lot more in the years to come.
I leave in a few hours to retrace my steps back to my home on the fringes of the western Pacific and I will miss this place and all the many wonderful friends I have made over this time. Of all my friends, there are a few that I want to make special mention here, Andrew Thaler, Amy Freitag, Kevin Zelnio and David Honig, thank you all for everything. To my other friends at the Marine Lab, in North Carolina and in the USA, thank you all for making my stay an unforgettable one.
You are all great friends and I will never forget you. Thank you all and I wish you all the best in everything you do. Someday, somewhere my friends, we will meet again.