| May 4, 2016 |
During my two-week stay in Tanzania, the EduTours Africa group organized many excursions as part of our volunteer/cultural experience package. Unlike my previous trips, I did not play a role in planning/coordinating the details of these adventures, but they’re all worth exploring when visiting Tanzania (specifically the Arusha/Manyara region). We spent a few days in Arusha, Tanzania, for our volunteer missions and explored the city in our free time. This is the first installment of attractions near Arusha!
Today’s Highlight: Mt. Meru Waterfall Hike
Coming Up Next: IBUKA DANCE Foundation, Cultural Heritage Center, Clock Tower, Mt. Kilimanjaro viewing, Maasai village visit, Maasai market, Shanga Shangaa, Kimemo Holdings Ltd.
| May 2, 2016 |
I fell in love the way you fall asleep:
Slowly, and then all at once.
– John Green, “The Fault in Our Stars” –
I never thought it would be this difficult to verbalize my two weeks in Tanzania. It seems as if I were away for an eternity with the amount I learned and grew during my Volunteer Mission Trip with EduTours Africa. It is now one week since my return to the United States, and I’ve finally weaved through the 1.5K photos I took, read my handwritten journal (yes, I was tech-free on this trip), and processed my experiences (kind of). Before I left for Tanzania, I thought I understood the magnitude of “wanderlust,” but my experience in East Africa gave my wanderlust heart a new beat. As I journeyed with like-minded Physical Therapists and DPT students, I felt inspired beyond comprehension. The culture, landscapes, and people I encountered in the country enhanced my belief in the good of the world and the expansive, unimaginable beauty afar. I was in constant awe, with each day posing new surprises and deepening my appreciation for Tanzania and Africa. In a mere two weeks, I felt completely integrated into the culture, and one with the people.
Disclaimer: I attempted to limit this list to 5 items, but it would do injustice to my true feelings for Tanzania and East Africa. So, here’s my not-so-succinct, 13-item list of ways I fell in love with Tanzania.
| April 24, 2016 |
This month’s journey to Tanzania, Africa, was the longest travel itinerary I’ve endured, requiring multiple stops from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport:
Fort Lauderdale(FLL)Atlanta(ATL) Amsterdam(AMS) Kilimanjaro(JRO)
Through the process of booking flights and coordinating with the rest of the Mission Trip group (students from Northwestern University in Chicago, and other Physical Therapists), I decided to leave a day earlier than the group to get a taste of Amsterdam. My itinerary only allowed a 24-hour period from 10:30am on Sunday to a 10:15am flight on Monday. Hence, the challenge: Experiencing the essence of Amsterdam in a mere 24-hour period…
| April 23, 2016 |
Greetings, Fellow Dreamer! No matter how you navigated to my site, I’m happy you’re here.
I started blogging about my passions in August 2015 on a page owned by Weebly. However, I eventually realized the limitations of the site, and dreamed of creating a custom site to capture my essence. There began the slow, soul-searching process of creating this site! Through infinite video tutorials, meditations, and dreams, the vision of my custom blog was born. Voila!
On this site, I’ll be discussing the following topics:
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Mind-body connection, meditation, yoga, following your heart, fearless living, and ways to enjoy life’s journey.
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Integrating habits, living with love and gratitude, healthy eating, and conscious living.
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While manifesting this site, my dreams have also been coming to fruition, and I’m bursting with thoughts and ideas to share with you.
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