Travel by Chris Guillebeau
If we live truly, we shall see truly. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not everyone wants to travel the world, but most people can identify at least one place in the world they’d like to visit before they die. Where is that place for you, and what will you do to make sure you get there?
(Author: Chris Guillebeau)

(I got in a hurry and didn’t fully answer the question so I am re-answering. It’s like a director’s cut in a movie — more goodies)

There’s so many places that I want to go that I can’t even list them all. I would love to go on one of those around the world trips. If I had to pick one place, I would go back to Africa.

Me in Kenya (1994)

I spent 3 to 4 weeks (I don’t remember how long now) in Kenya during the summer between my junior and senior year of college. I helped build a school. This was before the internet. It was during the summer that O.J. Simpson may or may not have killed his wife and drove a white bronco. When you’re out of the country and something happens like that, it is very surreal. It was also a summer of the World Cup. I was in the mountains. Every night, the locals, my college companions, and I would watch it on this very dinky color TV in the cafeteria. I spackled. I dug dirt with a shovel. We had tea twice a day.

There are many things I learned on that trip and I am so surprised at the short length I was there because so many of my memories of that time seem so vivid. I remember the brightness of the full moon. I remember the thorn trees and ducking to avoid them on safari. I remember the hospital and the clothes line where they hung the clothes and linens. I remember the most beautiful waterfall I have seen in my life.

I would like to go back and do work with the African Prisons Project.. The organization seems to fit my career interests. I’d like to stay a while and do some good. (and see some monkeys)

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