I am already missing the 11 other people I traveled with this past month. We shared so many meaningful moments, which number is too many to rehash in a single blog post. With those wonderful experiences our group dynamics soared, and given how the group grew together, made those experiences really special.
I find it fascinating that we had members of our group from almost all walks of life. Take a look at some of the groups’ statistics and comparisons.
1. We had an age gap of nearly 50 years.
2. Each person had some tie to Ann and/or myself.
3. There was one person returning to Namibia for a third time, and some who (up until a few weeks ago) knew very little about Namibia.
4. 12 people strong – 5 women and 7 men.
5. Some people in our group were seasoned worldwide travelers. Others, it was their first time out of the country.
6.We had a few college professors, while also having someone who isn’t old enough to go college yet.
7. Our group consisted of people who just retired, to people that haven’t had a job yet, to people that are ready to retire, and to people that are just about to enter the full-time work force.
8. There were teachers in our group with over 30 years of experience, and one teacher (me) hoping to start their first year soon.
9. Nearly a foot and a half separated our tallest and shortest travelers.
10. And we had 2 St. Olaf Oles trying to get some elbow room at a table full of NORSE the entire trip. L-U! :)
Now, I’ve been a part of my fair share of groups in my life, and other than an occasional church choir I’m not sure I’ve ever been in a better generational group. The fact that we were able to share this 3-week experience with each other is a blessing. But the joy we had made everything memorable and magical.
I’ll never forget the laughter.