The Eye of the Traveler, Lifestyle
"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." // Jawaharlal Nehru
Lessons learned from everywhere I have been:
Colombia: The place that taught me that family is everything, food is essential, culture is crucial, to be proud of my heritage, and life is special.
Switzerland: French is hard. No wonder I wanted to be a princess because castles are awesome. Nature is magical. Swiss chocolate is expensive.
Italy: Teaching kids English for 3 months in tiny towns in Southern Italy will do something to you... it will change your life. Italy was a place that showed me what true hospitality was, how beautiful the beaches are, how even more beautiful the people are, and how proud a country can be of their history and culture.
Guatemala: I didn't get to see much of the beauty of the cities, but I got to understand the heart of an orphanage. A heart that was thriving, hopeful, and resilient.
Mexico: That all inclusive resorts is the way to go.
Honduras: That mission trips don't have to be long, but can be powerful. That mission organizations can truly run the way Christ intended if they go about it the right way. That families can have joy through hardship. That Honduran coffee is almost as good as Colombian. ;)
Thailand: That eating bugs isn't all that bad. That challenging yourself to do uncomfortable things can bring the biggest growth. That prisoners just need to be loved. That lepers just need to be held. That language difficulties mean more self expression. That elephants truly are the sweetest creatures. That beauty takes place in many forms.
Of all the places I have been, I don't have a favorite... I merely have a combination of amazing, challenging, incredible experiences that have caused me to grow, and love, and live, and learn, and travel more.