I’m not gonna lie: I’m plagued by severe jet lag and missing my family, missing the magic and lightheartedness of my European adventure. But even in my abject state, there are certain things that can make me so very happy. To welcome me home, my mentor, John Ross Palmer, put up the European Union flag I’d bought a few months ago on Amazon. It had been sort of a joke, because John and I joke a lot. I’d pretended to pout about how he’d put up an Indian flag for Lily but not a EU one for me. After a while I forgot all about it, so yes, it was a wonderful surprise. I always say I’m not big on flags and stuff, but it turns out I’m definitely into welcoming gestures and worlds coming together.