T Minus 18 Days

Trip Start Oct 15, 2013
Trip End Jan 09, 2014

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

I've spent a fair amount of time waiting around for buses, so hanging around for four hours in Pittsburgh's Greyhound station while I wait for my bus home is familiar territory. I know most things about this station, from the security guard who doesn't like when I sit in line to the $3.00 muffins that are unsettlingly delicious. Although I consider myself a relatively seasoned traveler at the ripe old age of 20, I can't even begin to fathom the experiences the next four months will hold.

On October 15th, I will take off for Belfast, Northern Ireland to work with Theatre of Witness, a group aiming to unite theatre and social justice. After assisting in the production of their SANCTUARY tour, I will head off to Cape Town, South Africa for three and a half weeks to continue working with non-profit arts organizations. This unbelievable opportunity has come about through my school, the one and only Baldwin Wallace University. Myself and eighteen other students are presently enrolled in a stringent curriculum investigating the origins of conflict and methods of reconciliation. I haven't studied this much since majorly struggling with tying my shoes in Kindergarten, but the academic stimulation has been awesome!

After two months of service work in Northern Ireland and South Africa, I am embarking on a European backpacking tour with three of my closest friends from back home in Harrisburg, PA. Dan is in Dublin for the semester, Liz is in London and Abbey is coming over to meet us for some adventures that are truly found once in a lifetime. I'm pumped, apprehensive, anxious and ready to go!

Until then, I'll keep waiting on the floor of this Greyhound in Pittsburgh. I'm headed home to give a rousing "see you later" to my family. I won't be home for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's, which is going to be hard for me and even harder for my parents. Even so, I know they've equipped me with the right tools to take this big step overseas.
I'd like to use this blog to document preparing for the trip, travelling, day-to-day stories and coping with the aftereffects, which we have been warned can be tough. I hope you travel along with me; believe me, I'll find lots of trouble and interesting people along the way ;)
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I expect to see some great stories.. Have a blast !!

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