I am preparing for my trip to Thailand which will begin Friday, February 23 and I’m so excited. I’m excited to experience all the wonderful things my host, Chontida has arranged for my two weeks in her beautiful country. I’m also excited to share and discuss ideas about civic engagement and how processes can be improved all over the world. I’ll mostly be staying in the city of Bangkok and since I’m from the fairly small town of Frankfort, Kentucky it will be quite an adjustment for me. I will also be spending five days in northern Thailand which I understand is more rural and I’m looking forward to meeting and getting to know that population also. I’m so thankful for this remarkable opportunity that ICMA has given me and I plan to make the most of the unique experience. In just a few more days I’ll be leaving and the next time you hear from me I’ll be on the other side of the world.