I finally kissed reality on Thursday. I've realized that I may not have enough money to travel to the Middle East and Africa. This realization brought a little sting of pain into my heart. My great consolation is that I have enough funds to travel around Southeast Asia and India for at least 6 months. And I have enough time to savor my experiences in those diverse countries. However, Africa, oh, Africa is another matter!
I believe my feet need to touch African soil. I think visiting an African country is a very important experience for African-Americans. I can't let my Africa itinerary die without a fight! Right now, I have all the time in the world to travel to places that my soul craves to see and I want to take advantage of it. I know I'll always be a traveler. However, I'm not sure if in the future I'll have time to linger and soak up the energy of a country and its people for a months at a time. Therefore it is imperative for me to find a way to get to Africa. I believe I may be able to travel from India to an African nation in 2006 using my "cushion fund." This means that I may return to the U.S.A. with no money. (My poor family! ;)
So, I've decided it is best to focus on planning my travels throughout Southeast Asia and India at this point in time. This will be the first leg of Ms. World's BLACK GIRLS RULE! Tour. The second leg will commence after I've conquered India with my own special Brown Sugar charm.
Friday, April 29th is Green Day in Japan. It is a national holiday, so I'm off from school. I had an impromptu lunch with Cousin Jo, Chinatown Spice, and Sexxy Phil at a delicious new Indian restaurant in Toyama City. The butter chicken curry was to die for!