South America: My Last Inhabited Continent

I’ve finally wrapped up the last of the things I needed to finish before this afternoon. The past two weeks have been spent busily finding an apartment, registering for the fall semester at Queen’s here in Kingston, visiting with family, working a month ahead on all my various work commitments, and a million other things besides. Now I’m down to an hour before I load my bags into a car and head off for the month, and I figured it was as good a time as any to fill you in on my adventures! I’ll have to write fast.

All this packing, planning, and preparation has been for a trip I’m taking to Peru. I’m going to attend The Advice Project’s 2015 Global Leadership Summit as a teen leader. Whoop! The summit itself promises to be spectacular, held in an eco-lodge in the Amazon rainforest. I’ll be completely off the grid for three weeks, learning, leading, and exploring with a diverse group of girls and women from NYC, Cameroon, Canada, and Peru. We’ll be immersing ourselves in Peruvian culture, learning about environmental and ecological issues in the area, and doing a good bit of writing about the issues we’re exploring. You can learn more about the summit here. Who knows? You may even want to sign up for the 2016 Summit, held in Ireland.

My Grammy, Mom, and I are going as a three-generational team of leaders. I guess it’s the girl’s trip of a lifetime! We’re all looking forward to it. Honestly, we aren’t entirely sure what to expect. This experience is a new one for all three of us. Grammy traveled to Peru over 40 years ago and hasn’t been back since, which makes this trip especially great for all of us. For me and Mom, Peru will be the last inhabited continent we have to visit.

In three days, I will have officially traveled to every inhabited continent before my nineteenth birthday.

This is kind of a big deal for me, and I’m hugely excited. A new country, a new continent, and a new adventure, all in one month. Wow. What a way to finish up my eighteenth journey around the sun.

We’ll be on the road soon, so I have to wrap this up. Mom just gave me the fifteen minute warning. My bags are packed. My guitar is waiting by the door (yes, it has to come). My room is cleaned up. The boat off the island awaits. You won’t be hearing from me for a few weeks. There isn’t great wifi in the Amazon rainforest, as you might imagine.
Well, I’m off. Wish me luck!

5 Replies to “South America: My Last Inhabited Continent”

  1. staceyjeaninion says: Reply

    Happy travels. Congratulations on this huge milestone.

  2. Grandpasgreat says: Reply

    Please don’t look like an American, rather, look like Jesus.

  3. Best of luck… Have an awesome time and be safe

  4. Have a great trip and summit! Is “Grammy” Jan or a different grandmother?

    1. Thanks! It was a fabulous summit. Will write about it soon. Grammy is my grandmother on my mom’s side, Linda.

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