I have had a longing to explore since I was young—a desire that I believe was already embedded in me, but fostered by my grandma who never failed to remind me that everything, even (and sometimes especially) the scary things, can be an adventure. She taught me that a new perspective, even in the familiar things, can change our experiences in the best possible way. Because of this advice, it has been easier to enjoy my own surroundings and find the beauty in all the cracks and crevices that sometimes get overlooked. However, the desire to travel to new places and converse with people about their experiences and cultures has never left me.
Growing up, on top of reading fantasy books about different worlds, I was also an avid watcher of every new Mary Kate & Ashley movie. They exposed me to so many exciting locales that were real and reachable without traveling through a magic wardrobe, and from then on, I was determined to make travel a priority. While I have been fortunate enough to have some truly wonderful travel experiences (Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Ontario; NYC at Christmastime; etc.), I have yet to use my passport for anything outside of North America. While I have had these small trips or yearly vacations, my entire life has been spent in the rural Appalachian region (which I happen to LOVE, by the way); however, I am so excited to announce that I will FINALLY have an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and onto the waters to cross borders of which I have envisioned for so long.
Remember in my last post when I said to stay tuned for exciting news about next semester? Well, the time has come! Upon finding out that I would be done with all of my major, minor, and general course requirements but still did not have enough elective credit hours to graduate in December of this year, I was initially pretty bummed. I would be staying an entire semester longer than what I felt was “necessary.” However, after reconsidering a study abroad program that I had wanted to participate in several years earlier in accordance with my minor in Theatre, I realized that this placement of courses could actually be amazing! So, I began taking steps towards this trip while still trying to keep things somewhat under-wraps until more recently . . . After receiving my official acceptance from the University abroad, however, I finally feel it is time to announce:
My final semester of undergrad, will be spent studying Acting
in the beautiful country of WALES!!
I am beyond baffled at how this has continued to fall into place as I have prepared along the way. I believe God has allowed this experience at a time in my life where it is important for me to trust that while I have grown, I still have so much more to learn, and while I have dreamed, there are still bigger ones yet to be born. Not only is this an amazing opportunity to see more of the world than my own little corner, but it is also a chance to feel more connected to the history of my own home which was settled by the Welsh. I cannot wait to share this journey with you all, and I hope you will continue to check back in as A Dreamer’s Inkwell goes international!
Suggestions, Anyone? Have you been and know some of the best food places or cheapest plane tickets? I’d love to hear any advice you’ve got–for Wales specifically, or just travel in general! Drop a comment or email if you’ve got time . . . oh yeah, and the happiest of Thanksgivings to you and yours. 🙂
Also, a special thank you goes out to the North America Wales Foundation for their support in this endeavor—I am ready to learn about and experience the bridging of cultures.