I will admit two years ago I didn’t want to go to Africa at all. I had been brainwashed by the constant images in the news of child soldiers riding on the back of trucks, perpetual famines, genocides, and rebel soldiers taking over entire countries. It’s hard to admit how shortsighted I was, but it’s true. Then last year I visited Africa for the first time and just last week I returned from a trip to Ethiopia. And, of course, I am clamoring to get back to Africa as soon as possible. I am connected to the continent in so many ways.
For those of you who feel the way I felt a short two years ago I want to assure you that Africa is so much more than what the news feeds us. It’s full of beauty, and beautiful people. It has magnificent restaurants and top-of-the-line hotels with access to the Internet and every other amenity you will find elsewhere in the world.
There is, of course, dire poverty in Africa, but that is not the entire story. If you ever get a chance to visit Africa – GO!