In July, I packed up my large suitcase, carry on, and a large personal bag. July 12th, I landed in Frankfurt, Germany – beginning the trip of a lifetime! After a shuttle, I took my first train ride not knowing the language. Talk about terrifying! Confirming I was on the right train through a nice woman’s broken English, I arrived at Camp Impact without a hitch. Whew!
I volunteered at Camp Impact for 6 weeks. The first 3, we tackled painting, cleaning, and construction projects preparing for eager campers! A Christian camp is a rare privilege in Germany – and I count it a blessing to have seen it for myself.
During the 12-day camp sessions, I was the official camp photographer! I met people from all over their beautiful country! The kids we patient with my few German words and they bravely friended me, the “English girl”. I loved every second getting to know campers and their mentors. Their stories will be with me forever.
The entire experience was breath-taking, inspiring, and worth being out of my comfort zone. After many hard goodbyes, friends drove me 6 hours to visit Switzerland.
In Switzerland, I stayed a week with a childhood friend. She had married a Swiss man and bravely moved across the Atlantic. Just a couple months before my arrival, my friend Patti had given birth to their precious daughter Miri! She is such a bundle of joy! Always moving! I’m so very thankful for every second that I could spend with this wonderful family.
After another train, I flew from Zurich airport to Dublin, Ireland. Between visits with friends in Dublin, I stayed with college friends in Western Ireland. Josh and Annie are missionaries at a lovely church in Boyle. For 3 weeks, every Thursday-Sunday were filled with ministry activities – such as youth group, after school programs, visiting families, services, and potlucks! The work was busy but thrilling! I was also able to help them with some projects requiring media – my cup of tea! I am so grateful for their friendship.
My last few days in Dublin, I was hosted by another gracious, missionary couple. They are very outgoing and introduced me to many Dubliners. The friendships formed were quick yet so fun!
So many adventures happened within these 2 months of traveling. I wish I could tell you more! If you’re in my neck of the woods, give me a call and we can chat all day! If you traveled this summer, please shoot me an email or Facebook message! I want to hear all about it!!
Your Michigan-born Adventurer,