What a whirlwind few weeks I have had! Since the end of August I have only spent a few days at home, and I won’t be back there for another 9 days. Good thing I enjoy travel!! In my blog last month I outlined my schedule, and I have had so much fun!! Here are just a few of the highlights (so far):
First stop Kenya
- Seeing the Wildebeest Migration. I didn’t get any photos as spectacular as the one I shared last month, but I did get lots of photos I am pretty happy with. Seeing literally hundreds of thousands of wildebeest all around us was a magnificent sight, and especially watching them crossing the river in large numbers, trying to avoid the many crocodiles waiting to feast on the slow ones. It was just like being in a National Geographic documentary!
- Spending time in Kenya photographing lions, leopards, giraffes, baboons, elephants, cheetahs, gazelles, birds of many kinds and so much more. We had close encounters with a lioness tending to 3 cubs, wild African Hunting Dogs devouring their prey, rare black rhinos, and lazy hippos basking on the river bank.
- Visiting a Maasai village, and being invited into homes to witness a way of life so different from our own.
- Seeing the happy smiles on the faces of children at an orphanage we visited, bringing school supplies and candy, and loving the singing and dancing they performed for us.
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After a few days at home (just enough time to do some laundry) I flew to Dallas to meet up with my Pixie buddies Mary & Kim. After a couple of days of work preparing for Forever LIVE we jumped in the car for a fun two day drive to Atlanta, stopping at some American institutions like Denny’s, Crackerbarrel and Duck Dynasty HQ. Such a fun ride but the best part was getting to Atlanta for Forever LIVE.
We definitely need a new word for meeting someone face to face that you have worked with for years online! Jan, Mary & I have travelled together before, when they visited Australia, but I have never met Kim, Anne, Tameka, or Penny ‘in the flesh’ before. It is so strange to know someone’s voice so well, and to recognise them from their photos, but yet be in the same room for the first time. It’s been such fun working as a team doing training, answering questions, demonstrating the brand new Artisan 5 software, which we are absolutely loving!!
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One of my favourite things of the weekend was meeting so many of the people who regularly contribute to our p2P Facebook community. Many of these people have felt like friends for a long time, as we shared their happy times, births, marriages, children, vacations, travel, gardens, and so much more through their facebook pages. We also shared our lives through our pages and our blogs and it’s so wonderful in this digital world we live in now that we can connect across the miles, and in some cases across the oceans! Meeting so many digital friends in person was just so special. There were lots of hugs (and a few tears) and so many connections made. We were sad to say goodbye but we know those friendships will continue.
Thank you so much for welcoming me as a foreigner to the US. I am still here, and still having a blast! I don’t want this trip to end, but I am looking forward to getting home and having some time to really get stuck into making some pages in Artisan 5!