Katie's Komments: My feelings at the start of our second trip…

The second trip is finally here!!!

It is really exciting to be traveling again, even if it was hard to have to leave home after just getting used to it again. After looking over our long itinerary, it is clear to me that this trip will not be nearly as easy as the first, yet a great deal more exotic. It is good to know that every day is planned out already, and we don't have to worry about any hotel reservations etc. on the road. I think we will all admit that it was a little sad leaving again, especially after spending so much valuable time with family, friends, and pets. However, as soon as we got on the road we quickly got back into the travel routine and started regaining confidence and energy.

I think one of the most thrilling and exciting things about this trip is that we don't really know what to expect. We have no expectations and Mom and Dad have never been to any of the places we're going to either. Another exciting thing about this trip is the great variety of activities we are doing. Most of these things are experiences that will give us a good sense for the culture in these countries and the daily life of their people. Some of these activities include going to schools, visiting villages, and walking through markets. I think these will be some wonderful experiences for us. In addition to these cultural experiences we will be seeing many interesting animals on this trip-lions and tigers and bears-Oh my! Not only in the Serengeti desert in Africa, but also the iguanas and seals in the Galapagos Islands, sea turtles in Australia, and penguins in New Zealand. I think seeing and studying these animals will be so cool!

All in all, I am really excited about this trip and all of the wonderful experiences we will have that will change our views on the world forever.