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Trip End Dec 31, 2006

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

It has now been exactly four years since I first stepped foot in Cotonou, Benin, as a Peace Corps volunteer.  I have been back in the States for nearly two years.  Much has happened over the past several years.  I've traversed an ocean (the Atlantic), a desert (the Sahara), and numerous countries.  I've worked on two different continents in a variety of positions.  I've been to weddings and funerals and baptisms.  I've said many hellos and goodbyes.  I've been accepted to graduate school.  And now, I have published my first travel essay!  

While I have not traveled anywhere too exciting recently and one might argue that I should ONLY use this forum to describe harrowing adventures, stunning landscapes, and hilarious cultural exchanges, I have chosen, in this case, to break travelpod tradition.  After all, were it not for my travelpod readers, I may never have had the courage to write up and send off the now published essay.  For that, I am thankful to you all.  Hopefully, the essay will be the first of many!

So, where can you find it, and what is it called?  My essay is entitled "Getting There," and it can be found in The Best Women's Travel Writing 2007 published by Traveler's Tales.  Some of you may recognize the essay, as I based it on one of my travelpod entries, "Alive in Africa."

For those who are in the Boston area, I will be participating in a reading/signing with some of the book's other contributers.  It will be held at Harvard Book Store on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge on July 12th at 6:30 p.m., and I invite you all to come.  The other readers, including the book's editor, Lucy McCauley, have more works to their name than myself and will be reading very interesting stories that cover travels from Thailand to Israel. 
In other news, I am off to Washington, D.C., at the end of August.  I will be beginning a Master of Arts in International Education at George Washingon University in September.  While I am going to miss living in Cambridge, I am very excited about this move.  Again, thank you for all your support and encouragement over the years.   
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suzyinbenin on

Melanie, I haven't left for D.C. yet, and I would LOVE to meet you. If you are unable to make the signing, please contact me, and maybe we can get together some other time.

lucky on

Congrats on being published Suzy! Unfortunately I'll be away on July 12th but I would have definately dropped by Harvard Square if I could have been there.


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