So here we are again…

… exactly two years later and another adventure in front of us. Let me reuse (reduce, reuse, recycle- this should apply to words as well as material goods, right?) my introduction for the blog so newcomers and longtime followers alike can be refreshed:

Msafara wa amani means journey of peace in Kiswahili. Peace is something we should all strive for in our daily endeavors. Dr. Abdul Said of American University once said that we need to replace all violent language in our vocabulary, beginning with the simplest of phrases. He said, for example, that we must always try to, instead of killing two birds with one stone, feed two birds with one hand. This beautiful saying stuck with me and has led me to understand more fully the impact that even violent language can have on one’s mindset and actions.

As I travel, I hope to learn the intricacies of what is required to bring peace, be it mental or physical, to the people I work with. Here you will find pictures and stories of my work abroad, beginning with my time living in Cambodia.  By learning about new cultures and educating others, we can bring awareness to the global issues that affect us all, ultimately leading to a peaceful, cooperative global community.

With this mindset at the forefront of my endeavors, I now embark on a new journey: Bangladesh. As a country with a population of just over 160 million in the land area approximately the size of Georgia, Bangladesh is a challenging environment to work within. I am trying to go in with little expectations for what I will face, but I am sure I will be swept into all that is South Asia. And I can’t wait.

See you in Dhaka.

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9 responses

  1. micaela—-this means you are leaving? I hate to sound / be amazed but I did not think you would be having another excursion in the middle of the program. But if you are you are. I will stay in touch by your blogs.

    May 15, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    • 🙂 Just for three months, don’t worry!

      May 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm

  2. You are the only person I know who does this kind of thing! Worry is sorta accurate, but also excited for you and amazed and hopeful and ……….etc

    May 15, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    • and…. you are booking a ticket as we speak to visit!? 🙂 Always feel free to email and ask lots and lots of questions 🙂

      May 15, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      • pugdadrn

        I absolutely will ask questions! You are fun to read. The booking to visit will have to wait a bit…..know I want to visit, tho! That counts….for something….some? Actually, would love to hang out with you there and get a feel for that world. I have no idea of your mission as Micaela from Massachusets (spelled right?) but I know you will impress all 160,000,000 Bangladeshians.

        May 15, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      • 🙂 I appreciate your support and enthusiasm!

        May 15, 2013 at 10:43 pm

  3. Cally

    I love the new donkeys. So cute! You too. haha

    May 15, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    • Thanks! They are starting to settle in and love hugs 🙂 I hope all is well with you.

      May 15, 2013 at 10:38 pm

  4. Ayaz

    Looking forward to hearing about your adventures as always Micaela! Be sure to pack some suncscreen; here in Karachi its always over 100F.

    May 19, 2013 at 12:16 am

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