So it’s been just over a month since I’ve returned from my stay in South Africa. In that time I’ve been able to share my journey, first hand, with many friends and family. Most of these friends had a pretty vivid idea of my trip based off my blogs and pictures, but they still expressed interest to hear and see more. I can’t thank them enough for this.
Every time I’ve been able to share my media with people it’s like I’m getting the chance to relive it all again. As I’m sure many of my friends can attest to, I was watching some of the videos for the first time as well! Due to the fact my little African friends were so keen to use my electronics I’m continuing to find little surprises every time I look through my files.
This past Saturday I was visiting Nick and had brought my old cellphone with me for him to use. It wasn’t until he put his Simcard in that I found several pictures the kids must have took without me even knowing. The pictures weren’t anything different from the hundreds of pictures I already have of each of them, but the unexpected find still made my day.
Later that weekend, while driving home from Harrisburg, I called my grandparents to hear from them and catch up. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t do this enough. Of course they were anxious to hear from me and hear how my holidays went, but what stood out to me the most was when my grandma told me that she had read my blog everyday. She told me that in some way she felt as if she was there, living the same experience as I was. Hearing that was enough to make more then just my day, I think it made my 2012! My experience, while there, was incredible to say the least, but to be able to have an impact on other people, from so far away, is inspiring.
I wrote this blog to share my journey, so that friends and family could look into the lives of another culture while I experienced it first hand. It wasn’t long after I got there that I realized there was a lot more to it. Being apart of something like that changes you. Everyday is a learning experience just waiting to happen. I may have not been successful on all accounts, but I certainly tried my best to make anyone and everyone that followed, feel as if they, in fact, were there. Not only did we do this together, but I most certainly couldn’t have done it without all of you. I’m not just thanking those who donated to helping me take this journey, but I’m thanking those of you that read my stories, liked my pictures, commented on my posts, sent me packages and messages, and welcomed me home with open arms, a much wanted Thanksgiving Dinner, and, most of all, the interest to hear and see more.
There’s hardly a day that’s gone by without me thinking about my trip. Of course I expected this, and even welcome it. I can truthfully say, that I don’t think I’ll ever get tired to sharing my stories, and I welcome the challenge to prove me wrong.
If you ever came across one of my posts, or pictures and felt moved by it or even curious about it, let me know about sometime. It wasn’t until I started meeting up with people that I realized the impact my stories had. And it wasn’t until then that I realized how satisfying that feeling is haha. To introduce friends and family to something new and be the connection that stands in between… The feeling is hard to explain, but it feels like I did something right.
There are still a few pictures I’m waiting on from friends I met on the trip, and I still haven’t received any post cards yet haha, but when I do I’ll be sure to share 🙂
If you or anyone you know has an interest to travel to Africa, be sure to contact me! I’m a huge ambassador of the place and traveling in general. Of course I have the Travel Bug, and I have no intentions of getting rid of it. I only ask that you consider following me where ever I go next 🙂
Sometimes the experience is better on your own, but the journey is best taken with friends.