Saturday, May 30, 2015

Dagmar Hilsher 5/29/2015

May 29th, 2015

The last day at home - tomorrow is departure day, the day we embark on our journey to Ireland. It is so exciting to travel in a group that is diverse in itself to learn about different cultures and to experience beautiful and fascinating Ireland. What better opportunity to learn about Leadership Development Across Cultures than a situation where we all are immersed in the exact situation being discussed.

However, all of that will start tomorrow; today the focus is on getting ready and making sure one is prepared. According to the 10-day forecast on my cell phone we are going to be very lucky with the weather. Only one day of rain in sight, the rest is just wind, sunshine and some clouds. Temperatures are going to be between 51 and 63 F. Still, the weather can change quickly and it is better to be prepared. The packing list should definitely include rain protection and leave some flexibility in clothing. Most importantly, the study materials need to be packed to where they are accessible during our long layover in Newark. After a lot of evaluating and deciding what should be packed, what needs to be in the carry-on bag, and what can be packed in the suitcase the luggage is now finally ready for departure. To avoid running late I decided to check in already so that I will have to only drop off my suitcase tomorrow morning. A last check ensures that all the important paperwork is readily available. The passport is packed, accessible, valid, and my own. The boarding passes are right there with it, together with all itineraries. Now I can relax, spend some last hours with my family and try to get some sleep, it will be a short night. The alarm clock is set for 3 A.M. and I can hardly wait…

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