To the ends of the earth…and back!

Back to Tanzania I shall go!


As those who know me know, it is rare to find me speechless or anywhere near it! And yet as I prepare to return to Tanzania for a 12 day whirlwind trip, words are indeed few. An early Christmas miracle, my friends!

My (brief) return shall mark the first time since 2008 that I have a strictly tourist visa. The children have continued to grow of course, beginning primary school and moving on to secondary school, and of course growing taller than I even with the red clay caked to the bottom of my shoes in the rainy season. Another miracle, I experienced being 5’8″ for a few weeks!

Simply, what a fantastic adventure has been mine. I am grateful you have journeyed with me, as friends, as supporters of Journeys of Solutions and its endeavors, and most importantly as advocates for the beautiful children. Today I celebrate my 31st birthday; just the second birthday state-side since 2009. Truly do I look forward to the continued adventures which are ahead, those likely upon the road less traveled. Let us continue on, dear friends!

Lastly, and for fun, a few haikus:

Thirty one-der ful

I was told just yesterday

Ah, youthful beauty!

In two weeks only

I’ll sip chai and look upon

My favorite sights;

A few hues more red

Dust in my every pore, oh

The purest beauty

Stay tuned for real-time updates during the 12 day whirlwind that shall be mine!


3 responses

  1. Susan Rickert

    Happy Birthday!

    Enjoy your return to Tanzania, as I have for the last 15 years. We are surely kindred spirits in our love of the land, the people, the places, the schools we have been involved with, our love for Bayo and Lightness and their continued inspiration to all they meet.

    Enjoy being “a tourist”. Enjoy recharging your batteries!! Enjoy the animals, the vistas, the memories. Happy Birthday!!!

    Love, Susan Rickert

    10/11/2015 at 13:26

  2. Barbara Burns

    Happy Birthday! Will be looking forward to your postings. It was good to see you a few weeks ago; only wish there was time somewhere/sometime to hear about your Spain trip and about life back in NYC. You are an inspiring young woman – keep going. Warm regards Barbara

    10/11/2015 at 17:47

  3. Susan Rickert

    Hello, delicate flower!!

    I never got your 12 day updates of your visit to Tanzania. How was it? Did it blow your mind? The new secondary school, the students, Bayo and Lightness (what a dynamic couple) Lake Eyasi Girls Vocational School. Where else did you go as a tourist? To the Serengeti, I hope.

    Please include me in your follow -up blog. I was there in Sept. and had an incredible visit to all the people, places and projects I have had a hand in. Bayo was my guide, with Christa Williams, too. We saw Lightness’s girls in their new building.

    Hope to hear everything you write on your blog and I will be interested in your future plans.

    Love, Sue

    08/12/2015 at 20:52

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