In August 1990 I left my hometown of Bainbridge, NY, to become one of the first students with a disability to participate in Rotary Youth Exchange. This international program allows youth the opportunity to live for a year in another country and fosters cultural understanding and education. I spent my last year of high school in Kingston, Tasmania, Australia. It was a year that changed my life, causing me to pursue my dreams and passions, to live without limits, to say yes and do it all not knowing if I would get another chance.
In 2014, I was invited back to Tasmania to speak at the Rotary District 9830 One Care Conference. I spent two weeks in Australia in March 2015. These posts chronicle the preparation for my journey and the daily experiences on my adventure. Thank you for traveling along with me!
Saying Yes and Learning to Say Please
30 Days of Thanks Epilogue
5 Steps to a Dream Fulfilled
Always Have a Plan B
My Go-To Tunes – Flashback Friday
Three Weeks! (And Counting)
Two Weeks! (Still Counting)
The Next Two Weeks
Day 1 – Travel Adventures
Day 2 (The Day That Doesn’t Exist)
Day 3 – Arrival!
Day 4 of my Australian Adventure
Day 5 – Let’s Have a Barbie!
Day 6 – GASP and MONA
People Are More Important Than Writing
Day 7 – The Conference Begins
Day 8 – Speaking at the Conference
Day 9 – Driving South for a Family Dinner
A Glorious Day in Sydney
Do I Have to Leave?
Day 10 – A Surprise Encounter and Kingston Rotary
Day 11 – Mt. Field National Park and Bonorong Wildlife Park
Day 12 – My Last Full Day in Tasmania
Day 13 – Sydney!
Day 14 – One More Day In Sydney
Day 15 – Returning Home (AKA: The Day That Never Ends)