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After traveling and living in a variety of countries throughout Central America, Europe and Africa, we are antsy to explore more cultures around the world. Quinn and I have discussed at length where we want to go next and we put a list together to get any feedback or insight from others.
Turkey is a beautiful country located between Europe and Asia. After living in Morocco, we have grown a huge appreciation for the Islamic Culture and we would love to experience more of it on a holiday to Turkey. Not only does Turkey provide a beautiful setting, but it also has a lot of interesting history that we both really want to learn more about. We would love the opportunity to visit Turkey and divulge into the culture through living and eating with the locals. It is how we always travel and we believe that if we do the same in Turkey, we would gain a deeper perspective on a new culture and the world.
While living in Nicaragua, we rode a chicken bus up to Guatemala and one of our stops was in El Salvador. Even though it was a quick stop through customs we were able to get just a small taste of the country and we want more. At customs there was a nice lady who was selling Pupusas two for a dollar (they use USD there). Pupusas are similar to fresh tortillas except they have incredible toppings in the center which can include pork, chicken, beans and cheese. We cannot wait to return to El Salvador and taste more of those delicious snacks. Many people have also suggested that we work in El Salvador as the need in rural schools is very similar to those in Nicaragua. We therefore want to go to El Salvador, work with educational organizations there and see for ourselves how LOOTB can make a difference there.
Nepal has always been on the bucket list for Quinn. It’s a smaller country between two huge and very different countries, India and China. It is filled with natural outdoor beauty, jungle, magnificent mountain ranges like the Himalaya Mountains and over 35 different cultures. In the last few months Quinn and I have been introduced to a variety of non-profit organizations that are doing inspiring work for orphans and at-risk children in Nepal. It would be an incredible experience to learn about their needs and work towards making a difference in a country that has an unique culture to anything we have ever experienced.
We have been living in Northern Africa in Morocco and love it, but we want to experience other parts of this huge continent as well. We have recently been talking to some non-profits in Kenya and learning a lot about the needs of children there. There are various ways that we can make a significant impact in Kenya and want to make this happen as soon as we can. We love exploring the natural beauty of each country that we visit and Kenya has an incredible amount of wildlife that we are dying to see for ourselves. Seeing the wild African animals in their natural habitats would be a dream come true.
Quinn and I love hiking. We especially love taking the road less traveled and seeing the sites that few explore. We did this while living in Nicaragua, but we never were able to explore hidden temples. From what we have heard, there are many incredible temples in the jungles of Cambodia. Not only do we love exploring, but we also enjoy contributing to the country that we visit and would love to opportunity to learn how we can make a difference in the rural impoverished areas of the country.
If anyone has suggestions or knows of any non-profits working in one of these countries that you think we should get in touch with, please let us know in the comments below!