At Daymented’s going away party, we talked a bit about the at-that-time-upcoming trip. I sort-of told her about trying to let my parents know about Tienanmen Square back in the eighties – they had flown to China and were in the air when the Army began the crackdown. In the end they did not get any of the messages I left for them. I had started to tell this story, and realized that it was really fairly inappropriate to share with someone who had just told me that this was her first trip outside the country.
My own first trip outside the country must have been in 1968, leaving the US on the way to live in Chile. I was two.