In less than two weeks I will be a Belmont graduate and on a flight to Managua, Nicaragua. With my departure date so soon, nerves and excitement have set in. I know that no amount of Spanish study or travel book reading can prepare me for the reality of living abroad. Until I arrive I won’t truly know what I’m in for. What I do know is that I am beyond honored to be working with an organization like Manna Project International and can’t wait to meet the people of Managua.
I am very fortunate to be a part of a family that loves traveling and tries to do it as often as possible. A friend gave me the map above, and after I had marked through all of the countries I had visited I realized just how huge the world is. I have traveled to a lot of places, but I’ve hardly scratched off any amount of the gold foil. There is such a beautiful amount of diversity in the world and a million different ways of life. I am hoping that my time in Nicaragua will open my eyes to a new culture and lifestyle. Part of what I enjoy so much about traveling is being outside of my comfort zone. I know that Nicaragua will challenge me with language, cultural differences, and new experiences. I hope that as I grow and learn, I can use my knowledge to make a difference in Managua and eventually here at home.