Describe a significant experience that has happened in the past year. How did it affect you? Are you grateful? Relieved? Resentful? Inspired?
This year, I finally had a reason to apply for a passport as I made my first trip out of the United States since I was a child (when you didn’t need a passport to go to Mexico). I took a flight to Saskatchewan, Canada to meet with one of my major accounts and ride along with him for a few days and see how he runs his business. On the trip, I got to meet many wonderful people and see countryside that is very different from what I know, and I feel that it has made me somewhat more “worldly”. [Yes, I know that it’s just Canada, but it’s a lot more than “America’s hat”.] Despite the similarities, Canada is a different nation from the USA, and there are little quirks that remind one of that fact (besides the little red leafs on all the signs). The Canadians that I met were all very welcoming, securing the stereotype that they are probably the nicest, most polite people on the planet, and it was fun–for once–to be the foreigner. Naturally, my affinity for hockey probably earned a little respect with the sportier men and women that I met along the way, even if my team is a “sunbelt invader”.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to travel not only across this great USA, but to visit places most people never get to, like Saskatoon or Regina, SK. The conversation was great, the local beers were fantastic, the food was phenomenal, and the scenery was breathtaking! Thanks to this trip, I’m ready to collect as many visa stamps as possible!
PREVIOUSLY: 10Q #1 (2014)