Around the World in 80 Words

Nothing forms a better picture of where you see yourself in the world better than travel.   Alice Shi Kemble, another wordpress blogger, posted Five Words which inspired me to document my travels in the same way.  (http://aliceshikembel.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/five-words/)  Below are 5 words and 3 pictures which describe each country I visited.

Tawnie Goodwin

NOVA SCOTIA     Fish and Chips, Lighthouse, Boardwalk   

Halifax, Nova Scotia 113Halifax, Nova Scotia 080Halifax, Nova Scotia 116

IRELAND     Bold Colors, Irish Accent, Galway

527511_4585576527237_924313564_nIpad 042Ipad 101

ENGLAND     Big Ben, Tailored, Tube, Tea

London, England 189London, England 249IMG_0346

BELGIUM     Architecture, Two Hour Breakfast, Chocolate

BelgiumAntwerp, Belgium  Munich, Germany  Paris, France 103Antwerp, Belgium  Munich, Germany  Paris, France 104

FRANCE     La Siene, Croissant, Street Art

Antwerp, Belgium  Munich, Germany  Paris, France 210Antwerp, Belgium  Munich, Germany  Paris, France 209Antwerp, Belgium  Munich, Germany  Paris, France 195

GERMANY     Sausage, Window Flowers, Friendly People 

 Antwerp, Belgium  Munich, Germany  Paris, France 125Antwerp, Belgium  Munich, Germany  Paris, France 134Antwerp, Belgium  Munich, Germany  Paris, France 151

PORTUGAL     Tile Art, Portuguese, Beach Climate

Lisbon, Portugal 050Lisbon, Portugal 161Lisbon, Portugal 008

SPAIN     Smells, Salsa Dancing, Flamenco, Spice

Cadiz, Spain 013Cadiz, Spain 343Cadiz, Spain 049

ITALY     Gelato, Cinque Terra, Bella Lingua

Buon Giorno 370Buon Giorno 091Buon Giorno 391

GHANA     Obamaland, Street Venders, Basket Balancing

Tema, Ghana 035Tema, Ghana 177Argentina and Uruguay 563

SOUTH AFRICA     Vibrant, Colorful, Safari, European Influence

Capetown, South Africa 130Argentina and Uruguay 1097Capetown, South Africa 045

ARGENTINA     Theatrical, Beef, Antique, Gaucho Ranch

Argentina and Uruguay 1396Argentina and Uruguay 1502Argentina and Uruguay 1598

URUGUAY     Simplistic, Slow, Warm, Beach, Spanish

1Argentina and Uruguay 1738Argentina and Uruguay 1769

BRAZIL     Favela, Amazon, Rio, Collective, Humid

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 084Manaus, Brazil 375Manaus, Brazil 398

DOMINICA     Warm, Snorkeling, Vegetation, Hot Springs

Dominica 051IMG_6461Dominica 008

HOME     Personal Space, Home, Freedom, Burgers 

Back on the Ranch 264Miami, Florida 053Back on the Ranch 230

Tema, Ghana: Joy in Simplicity

Aside from the cultural encounters I experienced abroad, the emotional impact of my travels were felt in great depth.  I felt most every adjective and action verb in the dictionary.  At times I was saddened and humbled.  At other moments I was astonished and filled with great gratitude and excitement.

My friends and I visited the people’s market in Ghana.  It was clear that we were not supposed to be present; however, for the most part the people were welcoming.  As we walked through maze-like halls under hanging tarps and fabric I noted the food for purchase was scattered across the ground.  It should be noted that although these types of conditions are improper for us in the States, the Ghanaian people have build up immunity to this different set of sanitation rules.

I often wondered how I would return home after viewing such poverty and be able to continue the blessed life I lead.  So many of the people I came into contact with in Ghana owned less than I had carried with me onto the ship.  Although the Ghanaians had little material possessions,  they were very rich in spirit and presented a carefree attitude.  I contribute the joy the Ghanaians possess  to their modest lifestyles.  The Ghanaians taught me to appreciate and value the simplicities of life–family, work, and the blessings of health.

Respectfully,

Tawnie Goodwin