Providence Country Day School

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Yesterday I visited Providence Country Day School and talked with the kids in two art classes about travel, art and life. I told them some stories about the places I’ve been, things I’ve seen and done, people I’ve met. I told them about the poverty in southeast Asia and India, about the exhilarating experience of paragliding over the Swiss alps, what got me started travelling, why I do it and how I afford it.


The class and their inspiring teacher (and my friend) Dayna Mondello were gracious to provide plenty of questions, which I enjoyed answering as well as heaping bowls of nuts and berries and a can of flavored soda water.

The kids had spent the last month or so working on art projects mostly inspired by these travel stories and photos. It was quite an experience to see so many of the things that had inspired me to take photos and write about, had now inspired all these kids and come to life in a new art form.

There was a pyramid made out of pizza slices & pieces of hieroglyphics (Egypt), Vlad the Impaler (Romania), a Spanish bull horn and an entire bull which unfortunately exploded in the kiln (Spain), a wooden model ATM was made because I needed one while in Turkey, a skull and a skull teapot (Cambodia), a giant vase (Greece), a knife and a…”mer-lion” (Singapore), a faceless doll and a parking meter (Czech Republic), an offering pot (Malaysia), stained glass (France), a paddleboat (Netherlands), little blue elephants (India)…and many more!

You can see photos of the kids and their art as well as some shots of me talking with them at their sweet website here:

To the kids in both classes:

Thank you so much for letting me come by and spend time talking with you. You all have phenomenal personalities and creativity. Your big dreams of world travel is exciting for me! Don’t let that fade!

I’ll leave you with a favorite Mark Twain quote and my strong hope that you’ll follow those dreams…

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain

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  1. nicole Says:

    I love reading about your adventures. They bring me back to the places i’ve traveled and also make me wish I had the nerve to travel alone. Until I get over that irrational fear, however, I will just have to keep convincing my friends to help me fulfill my TO SEE list. Keep it up! 🙂

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