It has been such an honor to be a chaperone on the trip to Southeast Asia with the fellows. When I first read over the itinerary for the trip, it seemed unbelievable. Now, looking back on everything that I got to see and experience, it has been more than unbelievable…it has been the trip of a lifetime!
The gardens that we got to visit were breathtaking. All I kept saying was, “This is so beautiful.” I cannot wait to show everyone at Longwood my pictures, and believe me, there are many of them (so you all are forewarned).
Aside from the gardens, the cultural experiences that we had were just as thrilling. We got to visit local landmarks and learn about their importance to the country, eat authentic food that we all enjoyed (even the more spice-sensitive of us), we got to meet the local people and learned about their customs and traditions.
We had a lot of laughs together and learned so much about each other. Some things that come to mind about the trip are Barnabas’s love for shopping, scooter racing on the sidewalks, Jackie’s willingness to try anything, tuk-tuks, the hunt for a durian, the silk rug store, and our ride with the elephants.
Thank you Matt, Dan, Jackie, and Barnabas for planning such a wonderful trip. You were a great group to travel with and it has been such an honor to be your chaperone along the way.