New Adventures of the Same Kelli

July 2nd

New passport time

New passport time

My passport is up for renewal. In the last 10 years I’ve managed to travel to:

Israel, Palestine, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Mozambique, South Africa, Cameroon, Malawi, Costa Rica, Ireland, England and the Bahamas. Most of these adventures have been through college scholarships, volunteering, work and good fortune. I’m exceptionally lucky when it comes to finding great international adventure with little to no budget.

New passport time

New passport time

New passport time

This passport is one of my favorite things. My parents don’t travel much and as a kid, when I read of foreign lands, I had no idea how I’d ever get there.ย  While I may not have a house full of nice furniture, or a car without dings, I’ve got this little book that reminds me of all the amazing people I’ve met, the cultures I’ve inhaled, the food, spirit, scent and joy of far away lands I’ve celebrated.

Next on the list: France, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Italy, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Egypt.ย  I’d also very much like to go back to Stellenbosch.

My wanderlust is not entirely gone, but it is very nice now to be enjoying a garden and other things that require me to be in one place for more than a few months.


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19 Responses

  1. You are one of the most interesting people that I’ve never met. ๐Ÿ™‚ Renew that passport! There are places to go!!!

  2. Anneke July 2, 2009

    I studied in Stellenbosch – love it so much – hope you get to go back there!

  3. I love looking through my passport and seeing the places I’ve traveled. But my list of travels is pretty dull next to yours. Hopefully the next stamp on my passport will be from Ethiopia. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. When I was home from India one time, I went to visit one of my dearest friends, a man that I loved deeply – like a brother. He was a newly employed electrical engineer, living in a new city in a newly-purchased historic home, drove a luxury SUV and towed a pair of jet-skis to the local lake on weekends. State of the art stereo and TV. He had a 20 minute freak-out over a spot on the rug. And then said to me, with a straight face, “Lori, I don’t understand how you have the money to travel.”
    That was the beginning of our parting.
    Life is either a grand adventure or nothing. I know you feel the same way.

    • Jeanie July 2, 2009

      Thanks for this comment, Lori. It helps me to think I’m not one of the very, very few around here who have goals maybe other than the flattest, widest TV we can score.

  5. I don’t even have a passport! How exciting to have been so many places.

  6. You have experienced so much. Awesome! Can’t wait to plan an overseas trip. I have one stamp in mine.

  7. Tina in Duluth July 2, 2009

    I love your passport photo and all the exciting stories you’ve shared from your experiences abroad!

  8. I’ve always been in love with volunteering abroad, but have never done it. You really do give me hope and inspiration that I will one day. I’ve actually started looking into family mission trips so my kids can experience other cultures too.

  9. You’ve travelled so far, my trips are limited within Europe borders, but me too, I thinks the best money spending is for travels! Oh….have I read Italy? ……

  10. Kelly:

    You are truly blessed! I love the pic of you jumping in the air-pure joy! So glad I started reading your blog a long time ago because you give so much to others just by sharing of yourself! Glad to know you!

  11. Wow, you have traveled a lot of places! How sad that you have to turn in your old passport when you get a new one. (I think you do, anyway?) It would be a great souvenir.

  12. Great new header! I too love my passport. As a child I never would have imagined that I would have a passport let alone a fine collection of stamps in it. I grew to really appreciate it while traveling in Europe in the mid 90’s. While some of my friends with passports from other nations were harassed at border checks, we Americans sailed through. It really is a valuable document. I once met a photographer for Nat. Geographic. His passport had extra sheets that unfolded like an accordion. Yup, a used passport is just one sign of a life well lived.

  13. Sharon July 3, 2009

    Your passport shows such exciting travels, Kelli! I get my first stamp in August when I travel to the UK to see my niece and her new baby!

  14. LisaAC July 3, 2009

    There is a line from a cartoon my son used to watch called “little Monsters” that I loved a lot.

    “IF you go through life with your eyes wide open, you’ll never go home empty handed!”

    That is so true. We come home with so many things, stories, memories, new thoughts, adventures, new friends, and so much more. You’re a lucky gal to be able to travel so much. Oh the stories you could tell, and I’m sure, have. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. LisaAC July 3, 2009

    Before you turn in your passport, photo copy it via a scanner and print it out. You can reconstruct one that way for your scrapbook. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. what a great collection of stamps of different countries and memories. i too look at my passport with fond memories…last year i had to apply for extra pages.

  17. I remember that turtleneck!

  18. Karel aka SWS aka Moms July 6, 2009

    Get that baby renewed! We’re gonna need it.