My tickets were purchased today for my trip in October.

Why is this significant? It’s the Point of No Return for me. I’m going and I’m going alone. For one week, I’ll be leaving most of my friends behind to visit a place where I will quite literally be alone in the crowd (except for a day or two of visiting friends who live in Cambridge now). My only contact with them will be via email and possibly this web site (if any of them read it, which if they do, it’s a smaller number of them).

One week vacationing and letting go at the same time. I’m glad there’s no turning back now. This could be a very difficult thing for me to do, but I need to do it. And I want to do it. The time has long since past for me to do something like this.