Today is my first day back at work (as yesterday was a bank holiday in England) and amazingly enough I am really happy to be back. Don't get me wrong, my vacation in Lech went really well, I had lots of fun skiing, and my trip to Zürich was very exciting and interesting. As I mentioned before, I met a friend I haven't seen in over a decade and we spent hours catching up on everything. It's really amazing how, notwithstanding all the talk about a "shrinking world in the age of globalization," it is still so easy to lose track of people who literally live just a short train ride away from you. Nonetheless, though it was a welcome break, I am happy to be home again and eager to get back into my everyday routine.