By RON WILSON
Kansas State College
“Let’s go one lap round.” That sounds straightforward. However what if that one lap didn’t confer with the native strolling monitor? What if it referred to at least one lap – across the total globe? This week, we’ll meet a younger Kansas couple who took on the superb aim of circumnavigating the globe by themselves.
Heidi Plumb and Kale Dankenbring are the outstanding younger couple who made this superb journey. Heidi grew up close to Dallas. Kale grew up at St. Francis, Kan. He studied info know-how at Northwest Kansas Technical School in Goodland, a rural group of four,489 individuals. Now, that’s rural.
After commencement, Kale’s IT profession took him to Phoenix the place he met Heidi. The 2 shared plenty of pursuits, together with vitamin, espresso and journey. That they had an unimaginable thought: What if they may journey around the globe on a shoestring price range?
They made it occur.
They obtained married, ready their journey plans, completed up their jobs and offered their belongings. On Might 17, 2011, they left to go to household in Kansas and Texas earlier than flying to New York for the transcontinental flight to Eire.
This journey would finally embody the proverbial planes, trains and cars, plus buses, boats, bicycles, scooters, hitch-hiking, rickshaws and even camels.
In Eire, they did sight-seeing round Dublin, Cork and Killarney. They discovered that the personal lodge room which that they had booked on-line was now not obtainable, so that they ended up sharing a room with one other couple – who snored. Later situations could be a lot worse. They did see magnificent cathedrals, lovely countryside, plenty of sheep, and interesting individuals.
They took the ferry to Wales and stayed in London for a month, sightseeing and touring to Scotland.
From London, they flew to Luxor, Egypt. They spent per week in Cairo, noticed the pyramids and walked alongside the Nile River earlier than flying to Mumbai. They stayed on the seashore after which moved to the Himalayan area.
Kale urged they discover some kind of volunteer service which they may carry out whereas within the nation. They discovered such a possibility via www.workaway.info. On this web site, they discovered a few distant faculty close to the Himalayas the place they may educate lessons for room and board. Heidi taught English, and Kale taught math and science to youngsters ages 4 to 10. The scholars had been from very poor, rural households. Heidi and Kale would educate there for a few month.
Heidi wrote of their weblog: “This expertise makes me consider how lucky our children (are) in America and different western societies as an entire … . The children right here obtained extraordinarily excited after we introduced out a basketball throughout playtime. Regardless that there was no hoop, simply the possibility at kicking or throwing a ball round was pure happiness to them. They’re so grateful for such easy choices … for each drawing we make, for each recreation we play, for each track we sing and for each phrase we educate them.”
Sooner or later whereas at a espresso store in Pushkar, India, Kale and Heidi obtained to speaking about having a espresso roastery of their very own. One factor led to a different, and so they discovered about an deserted constructing which was on the market in Kale’s hometown. It might function a web site for his or her motorbike store and house in addition to a base for his or her espresso roastery trailer. They purchased the constructing sight unseen and made plans to return to the USA.
First, they went to Nepal and flew over Mount Everest earlier than stopping in Bangkok and having a layover in Japan on their method residence. By the date of Heidi’s birthday in December 2011, they had been again within the USA.
They went one lap round – not simply the monitor, however around the globe. We commend Kale Dankenbring and Heidi Plumb for making a distinction by instructing in an impoverished area of the world. As Heidi wrote of her college students: “Their confidence, pleased smiles and real laughter is proof that the varsity is altering these kids’s lives for the higher and increasing their alternatives by offering a superb training.”
And there’s extra. What about that roastery again residence? We’ll study that subsequent week.
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Ron Wilson is director of the Huck Boyd Nationwide Institute for Rural Improvement at Kansas State College.