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I’m coming up on the anniversary of my first international business trip back when I was a young(ish) professional. I was excited to be traveling to Paris with so many famous spots to visit: the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées.

As you can imagine, these landmarks are captured in the photo albums; but when I think back upon that trip, it’s what happened between the snapshots that makes up the most powerful and meaningful memories.

Literally wearing out a pair of shoes because I didn’t want to take the Metro and miss anything between stops. Learning appropriate French toasts during dinner at my host’s home. Connecting with an elderly shop owner who wrapped my bar of lavender soap so beautifully that I refused to open it for years. Feeling so accomplished after navigating from the office to the hotel, communicating exclusively "en francais."

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