Packing Up, Shipping Out

It’s true, I’ve been a really, really bad travel blogger lately,  but I have a really, really good reason!  I’ve been packing, planning and preparing.  Let me explain…

There are few moments more exciting for a traveler than the moment an adventure commences.  With a world full of dreams and possibility ahead of you, it’s a pretty cool place to stand.

October 11, or 10/11/12 as I like to refer to it because the date is just that cool, will be that moment for me, or at least it should be, if American Airlines can bolt their seats properly to the floor (trust me, I wouldn’t fly them if I didn’t have to).

My next adventure you might ask? Bolivia.  That’s right, the Andean country where cities are so high they take your breath away and highways have llama crossing signs.

I got a glimpse, a taste of Bolivia when I was there last fall on the World Race, but for me a taste just wasn’t enough, so that’s why, not only am I going back to Bolivia, I’m moving there.

Uh huh, moving.

With all of my belongings packed into two rolling duffels and a carry-on, I’ll have significantly more than I did this last year when I traveled around the world with only a backpack, but the idea that I’m going to be constructing a life for myself somewhere makes me want to take so much more!  Needless to say I’m really, really trying to work on my overpacking problem.

However, my motivation for moving to Bolivia isn’t only because I love it, it’s because I’ve found a place where I think I really can make a difference.  I’ll be spending the next 10 months volunteering with Hospitals of Hope, and American run hospital just outside of Cochabamba.  I’ll have many “jobs,” my primary one being to run the hospitals coffee shop, but the one avenue I’m really excited to partner with is called Moviemento Sonrisas, an organization based in the pediatric unit of Cochabambas main public hospital.  There I will get to visit kids in several different units, playing games with them, watching movies and just trying to put smiles on their little faces, and it’s awesome!

For the traveler inside of me that continually lusts for adventure, loves experiencing new things and can’t stop moving, these next 10 months are going to be different. There’s so many places in the world I want to visit, but this next year is devoted to Bolivia.  To helping the people there and exploring every little corner when I can, and I’m so excited to take you all with me!

Bolivian Visa

It may be the strangest looking visa I’ve ever seen, but this Bolivian visa is like gold to me right now!

 

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