Meeting Asha de Vos

It's been a hectic couple of months. Of the past 10 weeks, I've spent eight getting jet-lagged, being jet-lagged, or trying to un-jet-lag myself.

With the input of friends, I've settled on the term "discombobulated desynchronosis" to describe my state of being. Basically, it's a fancy way of saying that I feel perpetually dazed and confused (no comments from my "friends" please).

Anyway...updating my blog has sort of fallen by the wayside for a while as a result. I'll try to get back into the swing of things now, starting with this photo from Sri Lanka:

Meeting Asha de Vos in Sri Lanka
Meeting Asha de Vos, with my friends Serene and Julia

I travelled to Sri Lanka recently with my friends Serene (left) and Julia (right). It was only my second visit to the country, and like last year, I had a wonderful(!) time.

One of the highlights of the trip was seeing friends I made last year, and also making new ones.

One of the new friends I made was Asha de Vos, an energetic and charismatic young cetacean researcher who is studying the blue whale population around Sri Lanka. I had been communicating with Asha for nearly a year, but this was the first time we met.

She and her family were kind enough to drive several hours to meet us for a chat. Even though our time together was brief, I could tell right away that we are kindred spirits, and I'm hopeful that our ongoing exchange of information and cooperation will result in lots of positive things to come.

Asha hasn't known me long enough to know how silly I can be, so for the time being...I think she still takes me seriously. (Serene and Julia don't though.)