Staying home and enjoying work and family time.
February 2012, I headed back to Uganda to meet with old friends, new friends, colleagues and above all of those…the children! There were power issues so I was not able to post like I wanted. Please follow me on this sometimes wild and crazy journey!
April 2010 I went to Romania for an extended trip and missed my trip to Bulgaria due to the Icelandic Volcano. I traveled to Hungary on this trip as well. I stayed with Simona Stewart, one of my dearest friends in the world, and also stayed in the volunteer apartment of the House of Angels in Gaesti, Romania.
One reason I went was to meet Simona’s brand new daughter, Vanessa and that alone was worth the trip. It had been several years since I had stayed at the House of Angels. Simona on the Romania side and I on the US have worked together for the last 7 years on the House of Angels. I traveled to Slatina, Olt County, Romania to see my daughter’s brother who will be graduating high school. This was a difficult trip as I again had to leave him behind. I love Romania in April! Romania…the birthplace of my two daughters, and one of my favorite countries in the world.
In Bulgaria I missed seeing my dear friends, and colleagues. What I really missed because of the crazy volcanic ash mess was the memorable Bulgarian food.
I finally got to Hungary where I met up with Eszter Kovacs one of my friends and former exchange students, and formed friendship with new colleagues. I toured an orphanage, foster home and meet government officials, a pediatric psychologist/physician and end the trip met with the office of the US Consul in Budapest.
I’d love to have your comments on my posts so I know what has been interesting to you. I will continue to supplement posts on this trip as I have time to re-adjust to life outside of Eastern Europe!
After Romania I headed to Eastern Africa, specifically Uganda!
I was thrilled to have the opportunity to go to Uganda! I traveled on June 1, 2010 and Iwill continue to share my experiences and stories with you all. I traveled to the neediest of the needy and I met the most precious people. A piece of my heart, was left in Uganda. My life will never ever be the same. I will never forget nor forsake these precious people. I loved Uganda and all it brought to my travels, and I am planning soon to go back! I must!
Visit Mexico ► QUERETARO As soon as got back from Africa, I had one week to settle out the jetlag, and went for a few days to Querertaro, Mexico for work! This is the year of travel for me.
I met with officials in the area of child protection we will license in Mexico for international adoption and assist in finding permanent homes for the children in Queretaro.
I returned in less than 7 months from my last trip to Uganda. I was there for 6 weeks. I left right after New Years 2011. Amazing trip!
I left on the heels of the Uganda elections which remained fairly peaceful with the incumbent winning as expected. I escorted our first volunteers to Uganda and also set up the Volunteer program. I took kids to the doctor packed in cars like sardines. I did a foot surgery on the ground in Northern Uganda. My trip was riddled with difficulties and joys.
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” — Susan Sontag
Only time will tell….