I am leaving tomorrow morning to participate in the EARCOS conference being held this year in Kota Kinabalu - on the northern coast of Borneo. This is my second time in Malaysia, the first time being a three city tour in the late 1990s doing workshops for the US State Department for pre-service teachers. While I was on Borneo on that trip, I visited Kuching so Kota Kinabalu is a new city for me.
The flight there and back will be long, but I know that once there I will be enchanted with being in a new place. New foods. New smells. New sounds. I have three days before the conference begins and will spend them walking the city, going on a snorkeling "safari", and doing a jungle hike. I am a really GOOD tourist.
And I will enjoy being with my expatriate fellow teachers, librarians, and administrators later in the week. International conferences have a great vibe and I look forward my 4th EARCOS event (2006, 2007, 2012, 2015).
What's an endless flight when there is such excitement at the end. (I always remember how much tougher those who had to make ocean voyages had it than we do, complaining about being cramped up for a few hours!)
Looking forward to seeing some friends from the East Asian region!