Meet Gina

How many countries have you visited? How many countries do you think you will have the opportunity to visit in your lifetime? I know several readers of this blog are fairly well-traveled, but not many people can say they’ve visited 11 countries. (Even some who visit a number of different countries during a Europe trip can’t claim 11).

Well, my friend Gina got accepted into the World Race, which sounds a lot like the Amazing Race but I’m not sure if it’s even a race at all. She will be touring 11 countries in 11 months and will be doing missionary service projects in all of them. She is not allowed to be in a relationship prior to or during the race, and the whole point of the experience is to live a radically different, fairly nomadic lifestyle. Some of the countries haven’t even been selected yet–the team will be led to choose them while on the trip.

Gina in India (a couple of years ago)

No “home base,” no apartment, and no job other than helping those around her. Those who have completed the World Race, after almost a year of living this way, will never be the same again.

In order to support herself for 11 months, she needs to raise 14,000 dollars between now and September, the month of her departure. There is a link on her blog if you would like to support her endeavor.

Her blog can be found here, and has been added to my links on the side.

Packing Light

So my friend just moved all the way across the country and took all of her belongings in two suitcases and a backpack. She went by plane so each suitcase was under 50 pounds and her books were contained in a backpack or two.


Deidra did the same thing when she moved from Oregon to Kansas and vice versa. Pared everything down to one or two huge bags and that’s it. Okay, on the way back to Oregon there were several large boxes shipped expensively with heavy books.

I admire this more than I can put into words.

I would never be able to do this. Darn attachment to material possessions. I’ll qualify: I think I could get most everything down to that size if I forsook my furniture and electronics. I just really like my stereo and wouldn’t want to buy another one if the one I have is perfectly good. Same with my mattress. Mattresses are expensive!

But at the same time I think about what I took to Morocco: One huge blue suitcase under 50 pounds and a small duffel. And I was perfectly okay for two months. I survived and didn’t even buy stuff to replace what I’d left behind. Like at all. Granted, I was living with a host family that had a bed for me and lent me a big fluffy towel since I was totally an airhead and that’s the one thing I forgot.

When Doug visited me last month he brought everything he needed in a backpack and a tennis bag. The boy is crazy.

I have been thinking almost obsessively about moving (packing, logistics, money, etc) in anticipation of December when I’m heading on back to the promised land (Kansas)! Thoughts? Best to pack/move light or to cart all your stuff so you don’t have to replace it when you get to your destination?