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passport and map

~ photo by ohkayeor via Flickr

This weekend’s road trip is really more of a plane trip because we’re going international! So dust off your passport (you do have one, right?), pack your carry-on suitcase lightly (because I don’t want to have to deal with any more Baggage Services Ladies – see this post here for more on that), and let’s head out:

Shamefully, I had not been aware of the atrocities going on in Uganda and was deeply moved by the video shown in Emmie Mears’ post about the abhorrent Joseph Kony who has been abducting children for decades and forcing the boys into being in his murderous army and the girls into being sex slaves. While there is controversy surrounding how the funds are used by the activist group, Invisible Children, their overall goal in stopping Joseph Kony is one that we can all get behind. Please, please, please, if you do nothing else this weekend, watch the video posted on Emmie’s blog, then forward it to everyone you know. Get the word out. Make sure the U.S. government hears our collective voices. Be a part of making sure Joseph Kony is arrested and the inhuman treatment of these children in Uganda stops.

Next, we’ll head over to Guatemala to join the ThirdEye Mom as she celebrates International Women’s Day and learns about women’s lives in the town of Xela. I’m always impressed at how she immerses herself in the culture and really captures what she sees going on around her in her photos.

And speaking of International Women’s Day, let’s make a stop at the Uncornered Market blog. The husband and wife “digital storytellers” have an amazing collection of photos of women from around the world.

Next, let’s jet over to Camels and Chocolate, the blog of travel writer Kristin Luna. I’ll admit to being a sucker for amazing travel photos and this blog doesn’t disappoint. She has tons of drool-worthy photos, especially those on her About page. I have to pace myself when reading her blog – mostly because my always-simmering-just-below-the-surface case of wanderlust gets triggered and I start plotting and scheming my next adventure even though I don’t have the funds to support that right now. But there’s no harm in dreaming, right?

What are you dreaming and scheming about today, my intrepid travelers/readers? Got any international plans cooking up? Any U.S. road trips planned? How did you celebrate International Women’s Day? Do tell, do tell!

Charles Bridge, Prague

I'm dreaming about Prague these days. ~ photo by Stevacek via Flickr

elephant at sunset, Tanzania

But then there's also Tanzania... ~ photo by Doug88888 via Flickr