The name of this blog, and to a large extent, the theme of the gap year comes from the same idea; never say no. (Unfortunately, that name was taken, so I went with never ever say no). Credit for the idea and phrase has to go to Tim Allan.
The idea is self-explanatory to a degree but it deserves some commenting. Jaime (DyBuncio, who will be joining me on the gap year) and I really believe that we'll get a lot more out of life and we will be able to fully enhance our year and the experiences during it by being more open-minded. This extends past simple experiences, events and invitations. Even more than any of that it really applies to ideas, cultures and different ways of life. In order to really broaden my horizons, the goal for this gap year, and the rest of my life, is to say yes as often as I can, without putting life or limb in too much jeopardy, in order to learn about this world and move past my limited life experience.
I will be blogging all summer long in order to get a hang of this and get in the habit of doing it as often as I can, so do check back here often. And finally, just so we're all on the same page, here's the itinerary for these next 12 months:
June-Aug '08: Reprise my internship at the Lt. Governor's office (Downtown L.A.)
Work on John Perez's State Assembly campaign
Mid- to late-Aug: One week at Camp Harmony (Malibu)
Sept 28- Nov 16: Volunteer with Cross-Cultural Solutions (Yaroslavl, Russia)
Nov 22- late-Dec: Volunteer with CCS (Cape Town, South Africa)
Late-Dec to mid-Jan '09: Break at home (Los Angeles)
Mid-Jan to mid-March: Organic farming and travel on the cheap (Australia and New Zealand)
Mid-March to May: Volunteer with CCS (Xi'an, China)
May: Organic farming and travel on the cheap (Spain)
Just as an added teaser, here's a link to an album in a Facebook group with pictures from Russia. Only 4 months and 17 days! http://www.facebook.com/photo_search.php?oid=2209453793&view=all