Today was an incredible day. For two reasons, first Alex graduated from USC with a Master’s degree!! He’s worked incredibly hard, and I am extremely proud of him. And second…we booked flights to GHANA!!! We’ll be leaving at the end of July and staying through the end of August. A short 5 weeks, but I couldn’t be more thrilled. I can’t begin to express how excited I am, and how thankful I am to be able to make this trip. These international volunteer ventures mean a great deal to me, in some sense, I live for them. Ever since my first day in Africa two years ago, I’ve had such an insatiable wanderlust, something I hope never leaves me. This time, I’m not sure if I’ll use an organization for volunteering, or just find something once in country. I’m still unsure about how I feel about foreign aid in general. And, it’s an “easy” country to travel too, especially for Africa, and I feel comfortable now on my own, but we’ll see. I’ve found some great conservation/agriculture sites that I’d love to participate in. Alex will be doing a medical internship, so he’s set. Regardless, I’m sure it will be an incredible experience and I absolutely cannot wait! Already counting the days-73.
Moshi is situated near the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro. I’m staying an extra week at the end of October to climb. Here are some facts about the mountain.
Today while reading about Tanzania I was reminded that it is the location of what is believed to be our first ancestor, found in 1959 in Ngorongoro Crater. “African Eve” is thought to be 150,000 years old. DNA studies suggest that the oldest known lineages are those of East Africans, most ancient include the Sandawe, Burunge, Gorowa and Datoga, all of whom reside in Tanzania.
Further reading here