“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”

It’s a beautiful day for anything but especially for flying. When I woke up, I changed the bed, took my shower and did a laundry. All that’s left is to feed the cats, change the litter and take Gracie with me to the dump. My bus to Logan leaves at 2:40.

The adventure begins.

I remember the first time I was leaving for Ghana. I was scared, excited and totally ignorant about Africa. Peace Corps had sent me a bus ticket to Philadelphia where we were meeting for staging, a lengthier process then the one day of staging now. My father said no bus so he bought me a plane ticket. Both my parents drove me that Sunday to Logan and walked me to the gate. We didn’t say much as we waited. Two + years loomed in front of us. After what seemed forever, it was time for boarding. My father told me I could come home if I didn’t like it. My mother clung to me, a two year until I see you again hug. I promised to call before I left Philadelphia then walked down the ramp to the plane. When I looked back, both of them were there. I waved then went around a small corner and boarded the plane.

Today it is only excitement while last year there was also apprehension. I didn’t know what to expect, but not this year: I have an itinerary, a driver, places to see, a student for company and friends waiting. Sounds like a perfect trip to me!

I just used the downstairs bathroom and found a dead mouse, compliments of Maddie. She had been chasing it the other night until Gracie got involved and the mouse escaped, but obviously that was short-lived.

Well, I’m done here. I’ll post some music and finish my final pre-trip chores. I’ll try and post after a day or two in Bolga as there is an internet cafe. I will miss talking to you every day!

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11 Comments on ““Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I have to admit that I wouldn’t be able to write anything the same day I would take a journey like this 🙂 I never have any travel fever before a trip, not until the same day it will happen and that day I’m impossible 🙂 I won’t calm down and become normal again until I sit on the plane after it has lifted 🙂

    Not long now until You hear those familiar sounds again and feel those wonderful smells that only can be found in countries far away 🙂
    I’ll check in here to see if You have written anything every now and again 🙂

    Have a safe and wonderful trip!

    • katry Says:

      I am so far ahead on my list I had the time to write. I have 2+ hours until I leave, plenty of time.

      You are so right about the sounds and smells. I loved when i first got out of the airport last year.


  2. Bob Says:

    The journey is the reward. May you have a safe and wonderful trip.

  3. greg mpls Says:


    have a great time. we await your travelogue!

  4. Morpfy Says:

    BBQ Meatloaf Aussie Style


    1 pound lean ground beef
    1 pound sausage, casings removed
    1 cup fine breadcrumbs
    2 medium onions, chopped fine
    1 tbsp curry powder
    1/2 cup water
    1 tbsp parsley, chopped
    1 egg, beaten
    1 clove garlic, crushed
    1/2 cup milk
    Salt and pepper to taste

    1 onion, chopped very fine
    1/4 cup water
    1/2 cup ketchup
    1/4 cup dry red wine OR beef stock
    1/4 cup Lea & Perrins worcestershire sauce
    2 tbsp vinegar
    1 tbsp instant coffee
    1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
    1 ounce margarine
    2 tsp lemon juice

    Combine meats,breadcrumbs,onions,salt,pepper,garlic,parsley,curry and egg in large bowl.
    Mix well.
    Mix milk and water and add to meat mixture a little at a time until smooth but firm.
    Shape into loaf and put into greased baking pan.
    Bake 30 minutes at 375 degrees F.

    Saute onions in margarine until golden and add all other ingredients.
    Bring slowly to a boil,lower heat and simmer 10 to 15 minutes. (great with ribs or chicken).
    After loaf has cooked for 30 minutes,
    pour half of the sauce over the meat,
    return to oven and bake 45 minutes more,basting often with remaining sauce.
    Serve loaf hot in thick slices with remaining sauce.
    Also makes great sandwiches.

    Yield: 8 servings

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Have a safe flight and a wonderful arrival. Enjoy the day!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      It has been a bit of a nightmare. The Boston flight was changed so I missed it and wouldn’t have time to catch my flight at Kennedy. I am in Amsterday with the longest layover before my flight to Accra, but I can’t complain too much. The alternative was leaving on Tuesday.

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