” Looking into pure darkness, only Mother Nature and whispers of wild animals surrounded me. I looked to the sky and had never seen the stars so clearly. I remember feeling a huge rush of emotion take complete control of me. Tears filled my eyes and I had shivers run up and down my spine. The entire time I was in South Africa felt surreal, but during that very moment; reality settled in and it was the moment my life changed forever.”
As I passed out the cookies to the children I asked myself, how did I get here? The short answer was that I had asked if passing out fruit would be better, and was told: “kids like cookies – if you really want to thank the Ugandans for their hospitality, you need to give cookies.” So what as the long story? I had been fired, and obviously travel was the only thing that made sense.
“My name is Mandy and I’m a travel junkie – See, I’m most comfortable on a plane, train or in an airport terminal. I was 4 weeks old when my mama got me my first passport, 9 weeks old when she took me on my first international flight; I guess you could say the rest is history. The particular adventure I’ll be sharing taught me one of the best lessons I’ve learned to date – sometimes, everything goes wrong for the right reasons.”