Go 2018: Dust Storm

When thinking about traveling internationally, you think about a lot of things. You think about the weather, the language, the things to do, the culture and often the currency.

But something you can’t prepare for is immersing yourself in the lives and elements of the people and places you’re surrounded by.


As seen in my last post, Durban is a stunning, picturesque masterpiece, expertly crafted with rolling Sugar Cane fields, ocean views and landscapes as green as your mind can comprehend; but with all beauty, comes a little pain.

On a lovely mid-80 degree day with lots of sun, a cool breeze and no rain clouds in sight, it’s the perfect temperature to be outside; but where we’re working for the week, strong winds doesn’t always mean a cool breeze; it can mean dust, sand and dirt, everywhere.

When we first started working on the ground, it was a gentle, rainy day, so I was a little caught off guard by the amount of dust in the preschool and on all the toys and books. But today, I got to experience what a warm, windy day could mean for the children and staff at the school we’re working at: burning eyes and dusty clothes with a lot of extra work to keep things cleans and a lot of time hiding your face from the wind so it doesn’t get in your eyes, mouth and nose.

This didn’t stop the spirit of the kids. For them, it’s just another windy day with a little extra movement while playing to get away from the dust, but our group got to experience another day in their lives in a whole new way.


These photos were taken after only 6 hours (give or take) outside today. One day. One sunny windy day, where some of those hours were spent painting away from the wind and working in shipping containers.

When traveling internationally, come with openness. The average traveler doesn’t leave the paved path, but when you do, you gain such a better understanding of how the locals are actually living and get a peek behind the “tourist curtain”.


Swipe Right

Dating is hard.

When you’re out in the real world and not in a concentrated population of like-minded people 24/7, finding genuine connections is an adventure in itself.

So, as a millennial, you likely do what most of us do best… break out the thumbs and start swiping. If this is you, that’s great! You do you; I’m not here to swipe shame.

Here’s my issue with this method: I’m a little lazy and a lot picky. There are certain qualities I’m looking for in a partner and while I enjoy that you like The Office and you have an adorable puppy, I can’t establish a relationship with that information.

When something is nurtured and grown through a device, it is far too easy to forget about it. Relationship building becomes just another notification in a long scroll of “breaking news” updates and Instagram likes.

I notice the sweet irony of writing this post on my phone, on a flight, complaining about needing my phone to establish connections with others, while simultaneously not connecting with other people, but bear with me.

You may feel like you’re searching for the impossible, but here’s five tips we can all keep in mind.


  1. Trust. You’re most likely not destined to be alone forever. Give it time and have faith. Just because you want a relationship, doesn’t mean you need one.
  2. Sit that phone down and go outside. I know I sound like your grandparent right now, but explore the world; do things you love and you’re likely to meet people who also love those things (shared interests ✓).
  3. Join groups. Whether it be church groups, local clubs/organizations or volunteer opportunities, you CAN meet new people without having to go to a bar alone.
  4. Let friends help. People that know you, likely know what you like. Hey, ya never know!
  5. Stay positive. This tip is similar to trust, but you can negatively trust in something (not recommended). Stay positive and just know that the wait will absolutely be worth it.

Who knows? This could be awful advice, but I’m going to try it out. Here’s to trusting in my plan and hoping for the best!