Friday, July 14, 2006

it is now official

we bought our tickets to kenya yesterday. we will be leaving on january 10th.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Update on Fundraising...

The fundraiser was over a week ago and was a great success! I had about 150-200 people there, sold almost all of the auction items, had incredible music and food and made enough for three one-way tickets to Kenya! I am very excited and am hoping to buy my tickets in the next week or so.

In the mean time, I am trying to find folks who would be into donating frequent flyer miles so I can get home (I will be returning from India). I am also pinching pennies to pay for getting the kids and I to India after my friend Liz leaves Kenya to head back to the US. Airfare is incredibly expensive when you are travelling with two extra people, regardless of how little they are. We also still need to register for the forum, find cheap accomodations and get our travellers shots and insurance.

In the meantime, I am working on overdue school papers and plugging away on my thesis so I can graduate in September. I was planning on taking an extra semester of thesis maintenance but I think I may actually finish it on time which will give me a few months to get the trip together and plan out the girls' "lesson plans" for our world-school adventures! Kenya will be an amazing experience for them and I have been preparing them with frequent trips to the library, checking out mountains of books and videos on the country. They are so excited and are really hoping to meet Wangaari Matthai at the forum!

Wish List

Needs for Kenya and India

*Decent Digital Camera
*UV Water Filter “pen” things x2
*Water purifying tablets/ filters
*Backpacks
-1 good one for me
-2 small ones for kids
*Sleeping bags x3 that roll up teeny tiny
*Good walking shoes/sandals x3
*First aid Kit with BUG REPELANT and sun block
*Money belt
*Comfy, breathable cotton clothes
*Mosquito net(s)
*Travelers shots/ traveler’s insurance
*Medication from Dr. Hurley
*Maybe a laptop (if Kirk S. doesn’t give me his)

Extras for Kids:

Passports
Drawing pads
Journals
Small traveling art kits
Small cheap cameras
Sun hats
Hair clips and little trinkets to give to kids in India