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Trip Start Aug 30, 2007
Trip End Sep 30, 2007

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

So it's getting close....leaving for Iceland on the 30th of about 11 days to do everything...seems impossible.  Got to get Corey off to another year of college, got to get my house ready for renters, still setting up this travel blog to stay in touch with you all, got to pay my bills for the upcoming year (or make sure they get paid somehow),  figure out what I need to bring, have my last catfish burrito with friends, make contacts with people involved in sustainabiliy projects, figure out how to work my camera and video, find a place to stay in Reykjavik, pack, and then it's down to Long Island to visit mom and off to JFK and then ICELAND!!  Pretty excited about all of it - the preparations can seem daunting but I know that once Im on that plane, everything not done will take care of itself one way or another.  And what am I going to Iceland for?  In case you have no idea or just forgot, here are my thoughts about the upcoming year.  I have this incredible opportunity of a sabbatical to study anything of my choosing and for me, it's environmental sustainability.  Can we live in a way that will ensure our existence for generations to come?  In school we teach/learn a lot about how we're destroying the planet, using up it's resources and polluting the rest.  But there's so much going on all over to change the tide of misuse.  My plan is to interview and document projects that have been initiated at the grassroots level that promote the wise use of resources (mostly grassroots anyway, except for some like the use of geothermal energy for just about everything in Iceland, for example).  In order for our next generation to become environmental activists, it is critical for them to have HOPE.  And a sense of power and confidence in their ability to make change and prioritize differently for the future.  My thought is that by presenting them with the possibilities for living differently, as many people already are, they can be part of sustaining the planet.  I intend to visit communities that are living in sync with the natural world, intentional eco-communities.   I'd like to visit projects that suggest alternatives in food production, housing, energy production, where the consciousness is centered around sustainability.  I'd like to show that this is happening globally as well as locally - that there is plenty of opportunity for poeple to live their lives in harmony with their world. 
     So that being said, what am I planning on doing in Iceland?  Well there is a program called SEEDS that coordinates a variety of volunteer opportunities not only related to the environment but to other forms of community development. After spending  a night in Reykjavik (and I think I'm finally spelling that right?), we'll go out to the Forest of Por, a few hours outside the city.  We'll be building trail, planting some trees and working on projects outdoors.  They're providing us with huts and mattresses to sleep in and food to eat.  Which is a great thing since apparently food in Iceland is more expensive than anywhere else in the universe!!   Probably be losing some weight this month...  So for two weeks, I'm out of internet range but get to look at glaciers and volcanos and the amazing countryside I've heard about in Iceland.  Never been that close to the joint between two tectonic plates!   SEEDS appears to be an effective prototype for the kinds of organizations that can be built elsewhere.  Looking to get familiar with their vision and how they embody it.   
      That's the basic framework.  I'll be looking forward to contact with you all, and feedback/suggestions as well and any other thoughts you have to share.  Throughout the year, Ill be checking email pretty regularly, as regularly as possible and entering photos here as soon as I can figure it all out.  Please write me at or respond to this blog.  Thanks for reading! 
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maryrz on

Hey, all my most wonderful thoughts, prayers and wishes are with you all the way. I can't think of a better person to have such an opportunity. The pieces will come together as they deem necessary and you WILL be fine!!! Will forward this blog to Shawn and Emily, if it's okay.
Stay in contact...who knows maybe I'll catch up with you somewhere. Still going to Hawaii for from Dec. 21-Jan. 7 and then doing a Wilderness Rescue course in Talkeetna, Alaska in March. Otherwise I'll catch you 'in person' late May/early June in Syr unless you come up with another place. Love and hugs Mary

cck10388 on

trying out this comment thing...
Well I've gotta say, I am quite proud to have such an adventurous mom!! Good luck, stay safe, and take lots of pictures for all of us missing you back home!!
Love you mucho, Corinthia

mindyhoho on

Unbelievable Journey
Karen - You're such an amazing person, and an inspiration to me. I'll miss you tons and look forward to seeing you and hearing all about your trip! I'd be honored to be one of those farewell catfish burrito people, but would also be happy to welcome you back with one! Stay safe and healthy! I love you! Mindy

licia on

traveling 2
can't wait to track this adventure w/you, my heart and love goes out to the new sights and sounds of iceland. already missing you!!! big love, licia the fan club

lisawitzke on

Hello amazing woman!!!
You are utterly amazing!!! Have a safe and fantastic journey! I will save you some nectarines!
Lisa/Naked Earth

amstew01 on

bit by the travel bug
Hey! I'm finally back in town after a summer of travels and now you are beginning your adventures. I am very jealous! I have just moved into my new apartment near the coop, so if you happen to have a free half hour at some point before you leave i would love to meet up. i wish you safe travels and i am positive that you will have the most amazing time. if you happen to be in south america around christmas or next june let me know so we can meet up.

rasgara on

On the way
Karen, we will follow your blogs. Sue and I wish you the best of luck on your journey. Have a good and productive time. We told your mom that we would call her to read the latest info from your blog. All your friends and family will miss you very much. You are a very coreageous and adventurous person. Be careful and may God bless you. Our Love-- Sue and Rich

yukieto on

My favorite Icelandic phrase...
Hvao segir pu? I loved reading your entry in this travelpod and I hope we all get to read another one soon. As everyone before me has stated, you are an amazing woman and I am truly and deeply moved by your committment to strive for knowledge and live a full life. Here's a phrase that might come in handy on your travels. Viltu dansa vio mig? Satoru sends a big two year old kiss to you. Vio sjaumst and gangi per vel!
Eg elska pig!

monasoleil on

We miss you!
Karen and Lisa - just moved into my new apartment next door to Kim! Know that you are deeply missed! But I am so excited to read about your travels and to hear your adventures. I am so happy for both of you and I can't wait to read all about your discoveries ahead.

smirra on

With love from WGHS
hey karen, i have never blogged before--and im pretty exited about this-----
you were missed at the first wg happy hour. your replacement looks like a kid. =)
i am so impressed with your goals as well as your passion. blah blah ...who am i kidding? i am so jealous you have the year off and youre getting paid.
you better be working hard.
save the planet karen!
you are in my prayers. love sue

fromdk on

Hey Karen
Hey Karen
I love to see all these beautiful pictures that you are taking. I looks very exciting. I wonder for how long time you are traveling and how many contrys you are going til visit!? Well, Karen and Lisa, you are always very welcome her i Aalborg in Denmark. I don't know if there is any interesting enviomental stuf to see in this area, but maybe the windmills and the factory that makes them, or maybe Aalbrg University, where they are doing a lot of research in hydrogen-transports epecially cars.
I hope you are enjoing your great adventure.
I miss you.
Love Tinne

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