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7 Straight Months of ‘Round the World Travel!

The clock strikes midnight in Ghana, and all of a sudden I have officially been traveling around the world for SEVEN months!

Ten minutes ago, I was lying abed here in Sogakope: my eyes darting through the darkness, our rooster neighbor prematurely crowing outside, sweat gumming my limbs, tiny bugs crawling over… and my mind racing about how this journey has evolved.

It was nearly midnight but I couldn’t resist slithering to the floor to retrieve and reboot my little computer to write this.

We know from Elizabeth Gilbert’s famous memoir that her world and self path went like this: Eat (Italy) -> Pray (India) -> Love (Indonesia).

How would I sum up my nine-month, still-incomplete trajectory, from the mountain view of month seven?

How about: Hedonize/Rock it Out/Indulge (Southeast Asia) -> Volunteer/Learn/Reflect like Heck (Ghana) -> Put-It-All-Together (Iberia)?

Here’s hoping on that last “Put it all together” one! As an English teacher, I can tell you that this journey currently has several symbolic elements which are foreshadowing some serious discoveries to arrive somewhere in Spain. We’ll see how they pan out!

In the meantime, gentle readers, please do not hesitate to leave comments, click the reaction buttons at the end of each article you read (ex: “interesting”), and share this site around by whatever means possible! I put a ton of love and time into it and I know there are even more great folks out there who can make use of the nearly 250 articles so far.

There are two months left in this (first) Around the World baby, so stay tuned!

Photo Note: The two pictures in this article were taken today in a YCC partner school in Dabala, Ghana during our weekly Penpal Exchange class. One of the (highly interesting) letters received was from a girl from Pakistan who had moved to Kentucky, who was internet commuting to a “cyber school” in California… who will soon get a letter from a Ghanaian student that will be emailed by YCC’s new Norwegian volunteers! What an amazing global embrace!

 

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ayngelina

Tuesday 28th of September 2010

So funny, I have a draft of a similar post marking my six months traveling. Love yours.

Drew

Monday 19th of July 2010

You do know that my company is the official travel partner for "Eat, Pray, Love," right?

As a joking aside, my dream RTW would likely be termed, Eat-->Drink-->Be Merry-->Wrestle (not always in that order, though). There is always room for love and prayer in there, too. The learning and volunteering goes with the "wrestle" part. As for the eat, drink, and be merry part? What can I say, I'm Irish.

I'll send you a separate email soon to elaobrate on the dream RTW.

Lillie

Monday 19th of July 2010

Ha! Can't wait :)

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Thursday 27th of May 2010

Mike S said... Hey Lillie - Great posts! Keep 'em coming!

March 12, 2010 2:53 AM

Luddy Sr. said... Think of it like this....you've seen more in 7 months than most humans see in their life! And the entire trip will live on forever on cyberspace to be enjoyed by future travelers.

I'm glad to have shared a small portion of your adventure.

-Kwabla.

March 12, 2010 6:02 AM

Airport to disney said... Hiya, a well written article it is nice to cover different part of the world. Thanks for your time to bring the things in notice.

March 12, 2010 7:53 AM

Kmo said... I can't believe it's been 7 months!

March 12, 2010 5:44 PM

Chelsy Hooper said... LOVE the photo note! Awesome!

March 13, 2010 4:50 AM

ALy said... Just stumbled onto your site, and so far loving it, especially reading the accounts from your students. I'll be checking back! Cheers.

March 13, 2010 5:25 PM

Lillie M. said... Thanks so much for your support and kind comments! Please keep reading, interacting, and helping with publicity... the Lonely Planet Travel Blog awards are coming up soon and if we can get readership up just a bit more we may get a nomination!

With Gratitude and Warmth from Ghana, Lillie

March 13, 2010 10:17 PM

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