I remember the exact moment in 6th grade, when the travel bug hit. I was sitting listening to Tawney Owl (my brownie leader, yes that is really what we called her) talk about being born in Australia and the wonders of her homeland - I can see exactly where I was sitting, what I was wearing, what photos she was showing. I knew there & then that one of my life goals would be to visit this amazing land I was hearing about.
That dream came true in 1982, the year I graduated. It was during that adventure that my desire to travel was ingrained in the core of my being. I love everything about it, anticipating, packing, having a passport, long car rides, long bus rides, airports (best place ever to people watch), flying, all of it is fascinating to me...not to mention, new places, new people, new foods, sights, sounds, it is all exciting.
I started dreaming of places I would love to visit.... Newfoundland & PEI, Rocky Mountains (done, Canada & USA) , Swiss Alps, Israel, Spain, Africa (planning stages), Paris (done), China, Norway, Italy, Antarctica... basically I decided way back then that I would pretty much go anywhere if the opportunity presented it's self.
I would love to be able to say that I have stepped foot on every continent & seen the 7 wonders of the world before I die... we will see if that ever comes to be, in the mean time I will go... I will take advantage of the opportunities presented and I will be thankful.
One such opportunity has presented it's self and I am jumping in with both feet and totally excited to be doing so. Early in September I will be boarding a plane and heading to Niger West Africa for 3 weeks. An opportunity of a life time and I am so totally amazed & excited that it is happening. I will be helping at the Niger Vocational Training School (Girls @ risk school) teaching sewing projects, and what ever else needs to be done. I can not wait!