I had just endured a 14 hour plane ride followed by a customs and security check, and what felt like an eternity at baggage claim. I dreaded what came next because I knew no one would be there. No one was waiting for me. Everything and everyone I knew was back in California. I was now in a strange new country, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. But as I turned the corner, I was surprised to find something else greet me–a banner saying, “G’day, Welcome Home” and at that moment, I realized life as I knew it was over.