PaulaWoods' Travel Journals

PaulaWoods

 
What do you want to do the next time you travel abroad?

learn a language, work with the environment, experience a new culture through volunteering, meet new people, adventure travel

  • 27 years old
  • From New York, United States
  • Currently in Cape Coast, Ghana

Ghana Adventures

I hope this will help all my loved ones follow along with me on my journey through Cape Coast (:

4 Days

United States New York, United States  |  Jan 08, 2013
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 I'm gunna make this place your home... 

I cannot believe there are only four days left until I leave for Ghana... I knew this would happen, and yet, it feels the time has absolutely flown by.  Next week, around this time, I will be meeting my new Ghanian family for the first time.  I've imagined over and over again what my life will be like for the next five months, but know better than to walk into such an experience with expectations.  Its never what you think its going to be regardless...

I've learned many lessons over my past few years traveling and hope to keep these with me while transitioning to life in Ghana.  I am positive the reality of the changes about to take place will hit me full force-probably while flying over the Atlantic Ocean...haha  I have a knack for jumping head first into whatever opportunity presents itself...Often leaving me looking around wondering where my heart has landed me, without my head's true acknowledgment.  Of course, this has been a little different, since I've had to plan everything out for my study abroad.  Still, last semester of college was insanity, leaving me with little processing time.. (But the good news, I'll graduate in May!!! :))

I wouldn't want to live any other way anyways.  Jumping head first has taken me on so many incredible adventures and led me to the most wonderful people. I have a true gypsy soul and can never be satisfied staying in one place for too long...And yet, the cancer (zodiac for the record) in me loves to be at home, although I'm not entirely sure where I would claim home to be at this point.. All of my family resides in upstate in NY, but I've been at school in NC for the past 4.5 years: I've made a true home there, full of wonderful people and beautiful surroundings.  Still, I think one of the best lessons I've learned is that you can make anywhere your home, as long as you are at home with yourself..

I really feel the last four years have truly prepared me for this moment.  I have grown so much as a person and learned so much about myself, others and the world we live in. I have finally found myself and feel I am more myself now than I've ever been... I feel so grateful for all that I have been given, for every expereince I have been a part of, for every family member and friend I hold so dear in my heart, and for the incredible amounts of love I've given and received.  I am in awe at the beauty that surrounds me, at the gift of life itself..grateful for the human experience-for the highs and lows, the struggles and triumphs, the pain and the pure joy, grateful for the opportunity to learn and love and grow...and for the opportunity I have to give it all back in some way.  Thank you to every single one of you that has been a part of my journey...You are the reason I am where I am. You are the reason I am who I am.

So I am enjoying these last few beautiful, blessed days before my departure, within the comfort of my momma's loving home, appreciating the snow falling outside my window, and spending as much time as possible with my loved ones...But I am also excited and filled with anticipation at the prospect of what lies before me..at the opportunities awaiting my arrival...Filled with love and gratitude, and ready to spread that to every heart possible...

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    stevieking wrote: Thu Jan 31, 2013
    wishing you a love stay in ghana