Even though we have lost the majority of our readers because the blogs are no longer the only proof we are still alive, I still needed to write this final one. While in Uganda, we typically celebrated the accomplishments of the group with a quick toast and clink of glasses at dinner therefore I figured it was necessary to celebrate the trip with one too.
To Dr. O’Keefe: The truly wise (and now official) elder who ensured our safety and general well-being with intensity and poise.
To Tim: The creative and spontaneous artist who never failed to impress us with his incredible art as well as his playful sense of humor.
To Carol: The compassionate and relatable writer who challenged us to ask the tough questions and helped us make sense of the answers.
To Heidi: The dedicated and cheerful note-taker who gave 100% of herself to the project and offering a helping hand (or knife) wherever she could.
To Joe: The eager traveler who made the effort to speak with and get to know the local people and experience the culture. (“Myzunguuuuu!”)
To Jason: The quick-witted and thoughtful intellectual whose stories never failed to entertain and determination never failed to encourage the group.
To Sara: The kind-hearted and joyful spirit who helped her peers on countless occassions without expecting anything in return
To Teresa: The friendly and passionate girl whose smile is contagious and who I greatly admire for her immense strength.
To Alison: The down-to-earth walking encyclopedia who was always willing to share her random knowledge with us as well as offer her unique perspective on our experiences.
To Patrick: The curious wanderer who offered his powerful insights during reflections and his best faces during pictures.
To Chase: The genuine and warm-hearted jokester who was always prepared to take on whatever was thrown at him.
I am a better person for knowing you all and I wish you the best of luck in all you do. Cheers.
Keep on keepin’ on,
“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” -Anais Nin