Tuesday, April 26, 2011

the inspiration behind the title for this blog

after the big earthquake in haiti last year this video was made and i LOVE it. we really are the world! those around us are our brothers and sisters. it is up to us to lend a helping hand. we are asked to "lift the hands that hang hopelessly down." i feel a strong connection to people. i know we are all Children of God. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve His children in Uganda!

8 days!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

day trip planning

as you may, or may not know, i have a 12 hour layover in London. basically a city i only dreamed about seeing in real life. 12 hours isn't long so i want to see as much of the city as i possibly can! today i googled "places to see in london" and the results were pretty much endless. after looking at about 20 different places that sounded cheap/free and interesting. HOLY CANOLI. can i please say that i need waaaay more than 12 puny hours in London!? here are just a few places i am dying to see
why yes, i am a history nerd. i've read every WWII book out there and Churchill is one of my heroes! To be in the rooms he was in would be inspiring!
they have Monet, Rembrandt, van Gogh (they have his "Sunflowers"!!), Michelangelo, and oh boy i could go on and on.
i would be content to just see these. hmm, i think i will
i really don't think i have to say much about this. i mean it's Shakespeare people! the playwright who pretty much started it all. Baaagh i want to go there
-The London Eye:
it's like a ferris wheel in the middle of the city. coool. costs a bit of money (15 pounds) but worth it?
-Buckingham Palace:
the Queen lives here! plus they have those cool guards. not to mention all the history behind this magnificent structure! it costs to go inside, but maybe if i just stand outside i'll get that royal feeling.
you may not know that i lurv Harry Potter. just a little. you can go see the platform! maybe i'll go to Hogwarts instead of Africa! learning to be a wizard is important too right?
each are unique shopping/ cultural centers. i love shopping and i love learning about other cultures!! also, where else am i gonna get some cool gifts for my family?
i kind of consider this the Times Square of London. the center. i just want to stand here. it is beautiful.
oh how i wish i had time to see an opera! (or a play on the West End.) but i don't. they also do ballets, jazz concerts, and contemporary concerts here. 

phew, i feel like i barely scratched the surface. ( i did only get through 4 pages of places to see and i didn't mention all the places.) so out of these attractions (or others you know about already) what should i do while in the great city?? 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

three weeks

in 21 days i will be flying over the Atlantic Ocean, on my way to Uganda! AH!  Before I leave I have a huge list of things to accomplish including:

- pass my finals (hopefully with grades that improve my GPA instead of lowering it)
- run a half marathon (this saturday!)
- get my malaria pills
-find a suitcase big enough to carry everything to Uganda
-get a haircut
-celebrate 2 birthdays, 2 graduations, and an early Mother's Day (shh that last one is a surprise)

i have two 12 hour flights on my journey to Africa. since i am an unseasoned traveler i need advice. what should i take to keep me occupied on these loooong flights??? granted, i hope to be asleep during most of the flight, but what if i can't sleep? should i take drugs?
ok that sounded a bit dramatic.

but seriously, any travel tips you have will be greatly appreciated!

Monday, April 4, 2011


in  one month from today i will be flying over the Atlantic Ocean! headed for London, and then Uganda. I am so. . .  excited/nervous/scared/thrilled/fill-in-the-emotion.

i have a list that is miles long to get done!

i just need to survive finals and then i'll be ready to get my stuff together!