Life is an adventure.
We can probably all agree on that.
Sometimes it takes some unexpected twists and turns. I just got back from one of those. It was a good twist, but one I never expected to find myself taking.
I spent all of last week in Brazil. When you ask me where I want to travel, what I what to see, what I hope to experience, Brazil never hit the list. In fact, traveling south of the border doesn’t really hit my bucket list.
But through the weekend MBA program at Purdue, I found myself on an 8 day adventure in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
So why do I have a photo of me with the Einstein statute in Washington, D.C.? Great question! Because the adventure started with a super-delayed flight out of Indianapolis, which led to a free day in Washington. It was WONDERFUL to spend a day back in my old stomping grounds. I even got to reconnect with a friend from our days living there.
When we arrived in Rio a day late, my group had missed a chance to experience the nationwide protests (Yeah!), and one site visit.
We saw great beauty from places like Sugar Loaf and Copacabana Beach in Rio. But we also saw abundant poverty in the great slums of Sao Paulo and Rio. As I learned about the people and talked to the tour guides, I was reminded again how incredibly blessed we are in the United States. So many things that we stress about fade in the real fight to have water, housing, sanitation.
In fact one of the memories that will stay with me the longest was walking the full beach in front of our hotel in Rio while listening to Primal by Mark Batterson. The contrast and the challenge was incredible.
So while the trip was amazing and I loved the visits to companies like Caterpillar and G.E., I’m glad to be home with a fresher view of the world. On the eighth day there was nothing like walking into the Indy airport and seeing my husband and four kiddos with signs and music from Rio (the cartoon) playing.
After all, no matter where I travel, the best place is home.
How has God taken you on adventures you didn’t anticipate?