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Before I left the house this morning, I posted a note above my stove.

"Welcome home! What did you learn in India?"

I posted the note to myself because I'm about to embark on what I know will be one of the most memorable experiences of my life, and I want to make sure when I get home I'll pause to remember that I posted the note as a pre-India woman.

It sounds silly and hopeful, I suppose.

But I don't care. 

Traveling always changes me.

Traveling abroad to be entirely immersed in an unfamiliar culture, always changes me for the better.

I'm currently waiting at the George Bush Airport at Terminal D with my Rotary International Group Study Exchange Team, waiting to catch a flight to Dubai, then to Trivandrum.

We'll be traveling on a double decker Emirates Airlines airplane for the next 12 hours, and I'm looking forward to some exciting experiences along the way, especially when we arrive in Dubai.

Here's what my team member, Janine Campbell, has to say about our impending trip, as we sit in the terminal and people watch.

"I'm already loving the diversity in the terminal here. It's so much more than I would experience on any average day. I feel like we're already being greeted by the world that's waiting for us over there," Campbell said.

Team leader Jim Deuser, the only formal Rotarian on the team, said he's looking forward to this adventure with what he knows will be Rotary's best GSE team to date.

"What an adventure this will be. And when you look at the diversity of the other passengers sitting near us, you realize we're really going to a new a different place."

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