The best laid plans

I’m taking off tomorrow for 31 days to St. Martin and Guadeloupe. Looking forward to spending time at the beach (sun, fun, rum), enjoying the company of extended family, and hopefully making new friends.

We are in the 4th month of 2014 and it’s looking like visiting the African continent which is number ten on my Goals and Aspirations for 2014 list may not happen this year. My mother needs to have back surgery and I want to be around during her recovery.

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White limestone roofs of Bermuda (photo taken by me)

I have fulfilled some of them already (number eleven “take my mom on a vacation to a country she has never been). We went to Bermuda in March for 12 days. Neither of us had been there before. We discovered it together and had a splendid time. Some of them I’ve neglected completely (I have not kept up with my Spanish lessons), and the rest of them are constant requirements.

Starting to fulfill my goals and aspirations for 2014

I’ve been pretty good so far at accomplishing my goals and aspirations for 2014. I know it’s still January and I still have a long way to go but so far this year I’ve already spent 14 days with my parents and I’ve booked a trip for my mother and I to go away for 14 days. We will be going to Bermuda in March.

I’m trying to spend as much time as I can spend with them now before I start my travels for the year. Sometimes I feel a little guilty that I’m gone so much but I realize that I cannot suppress my dreams, If I do I’ll start to get bitter and resent the ones I put my dreams on hold for. That is not a good place to be for anyone. I hope they understand that I love them but that I need to do what I need to do to.

Here is a loose itinerary of my travels for this year. April – May; St. Martin & Guadeloupe, then back to the USA for my niece’s graduation from university. July & August; England, Scotland, Spain & Germany. Sept, Oct, Nov: Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania. I’m so excited and there is so much to be done. I need to obtain visas, immunizations & air plane tickets.

I will be doing volunteer work for two weeks at an orphanage in Kenya and another two weeks with the Maasai Mara. I’m also thinking of volunteering in Tanzania but I haven’t signed up for that one yet. I think I’ll play it by ear.