Check the expiration date on your passport (don’t ask why I’m suggesting this. Believe me, it wasn’t a pleasant surprise to find out a child’s passport had expired the weekend before an international flight). I’ve been thinking about you all day, and I’m just so happy for you. Incidentally, one of my long time girlfriends has been out of work for two years. She lost her home in a foreclosure and had to move in with her 23 year old daughter since her unemployment has run out. She just found out that she has been offered a terrific position and she starts this upcoming Monday. Everyone I’ve been hoping would be employed in wonderful positions seem to be finally finding great jobs this week. I’m sure this is a fantastic job for you since they are making an investment in you by flying you to Germany to expand your skills for their (and obviously, your) benefit. This has to be a wonderful opportunity for you! One more big hug from me! Yay!