Dakar, Senegal: Day 1 & Day 2
My parents always valued education, and going new places and trying new things was part and parcel of that. Given the opportunity, I've never said "no" to a new adventure. I suppose this makes me the consummate geek, learning for the sake of learning--something I swore in middle school I'd never be or do. Oh well. At this point in my life, I can't imagine it any other way, and frankly, it's fun. In another life, I may have been an explorer, an adventurer, an architect or maybe a cartographer sketching a newly discovered finch with Darwin or detailing the topography of uncharted territories. But right now I'm sitting on the "other" side of the Atlantic Ocean 3,818 miles from home and I realize that I AM some of those things, but mostly I'm a teacher. And the best part about being a teacher? I get to share all those adventures and newly discovered places and call it my job.