In the end, my three-week mission got canceled. It happens sometimes as the needs regarding team composition change. So for this particular task, I will go later this summer instead. I was a bit disappointed because I was looking forward to the assignment as well as to spending a couple of summer weeks in Bucharest (which was where I was going). But at the same time, I have a lot to do with the other assignments that I work on, so the extra time that I gained is well needed. Not to mention the fact that the two and a half months that I will now have had in DC before going away on vacation in August is probably a record long period for me here. So I look forward to having some extra time this summer in my new home town, to for once get to celebrate midsummer properly, and to lazy weekends by somebody’s poolside. Tomorrow, I am going hiking again with the Capital Hiking Club. It will be lovely to get out in the nature again, though I hope the tempo is slightly slower than last week….