This sorrow all ended just a few weeks ago when I went to Saint Louis, Missouri for an International Education conference!!!!
Oh yes. St. Louis. Perhaps not a glorious, nor international, destination, but the TSA agents might have been less condescending when I asked if I could have a stamp in my passport.
The conference was fun, and in a cute part of St Louis that I really enjoyed.
Cool old houses in the neighborhood.
Considering its proximity to the world's largest chess piece, the conference hotel had surprisingly reasonable rates.
It was also very close to a chocolate shop that had drinking chocolate! Do you have any idea how hard it is to find drinking chocolate in the U.S.? It's hard!
The arch is a scam. You pay $10 to take this capsule sized elevator (ok seeing the infrastructure of the arch was cool) to the top and peer out of these itty bitty windows at... not much....
*As anyone will tell you, but I feel the need to stress, international travel for work involves working very hard and is NOT a glorious vacation. This is true for int'l educators, not just corporations. So the next time someone you know gets back from their International Education 'sponsored' trip abroad, do not say 'Oh that must have been so fun!'. They are too tired to talk about it.