Postcards tagged: Life Changing
GUATEMALA – I was hellbent on delivering this beast to domesticated safety in Seattle. My boyfriend expected coffee. I brought home a feral street dog from a developing country.
ZAMBIA – Newborn giraffes, charging rhinos, lazy lions, and beckoning waterfalls welcomed our adventure-seeker on her dream safari.
ROSS ICE SHELF, ANTARCTICA – You are so disoriented, there is nothing to give you a sense of scale (except your own body), and so you forget that you exist in order to be transformed by the frozen desert.
KAMPALA, UGANDA – Other than our cameras we had no remnants of our lives outside the camps. We had no journals, no music, and nothing to do. Our neighbors were thousands of Ugandans, many of them orphaned children and former child soldiers. Outside our huts were pigs, and chickens, and ever-burning trash-heaps.
QATAR – One minute I am bouncing in a van in Mbita and the next I am at this pleasant, vaguely institutional hotel staring at a crappy poolside menu.
LAKE VICTORIA, Kenya – Lots of speeches, a warm Fanta, and several songs later, we had us a brand new school, with gleaming desks, fresh books, and a library in the works.
NAIROBI, Kenya – Four years ago, standing in the blazing sun in the middle of the African desert, I looked a Samburu tribeswoman in the eye and promised her we would build a school for her children.