I hate traveling.
There, I said it. I’m a terrible traveler, and my idea of a perfect vacation is one where I draw the blinds of my house and stay at home without seeing anyone other than my wife until the vacation is over. I know that some people are entranced with the idea of visiting faraway places, and good for them, but if God had intended me to be somewhere far away, he would have just put me there in the first place.
Because of my strong distaste of traveling, my trip to Munich to visit GE’s Global Research Center Europe represented a number of firsts for me: first time in Germany (along with Europe in general, or really any country that wasn’t the US, Canada, or Mexico), first time crossing the Atlantic Ocean, and even my first time flying on a wide-body jet (living in Houston, pretty much anywhere in the US from coast to coast and everywhere in between is a direct flight on a United 737).