Friday, December 27, 2013

Crazy travels

It has been a crazy 6 months, to say the least - I think that's evident from the time between my last post....I cannot believe the things that have happened since my last update. So, to make up for lost time, the next few posts will be made in relatively quick succession just to make sure we're all on the same page.

The closest thing to my last post was my travelling to the Netherlands in September to handover the 2013 International Children's Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai. It was an incredible experience to have had the opportunity to speak to Malala in a way that not many people get - I'm so grateful.

Being able to just spend time with Malala and her family was a very special gift. Malala has wisdom that is far beyond her years and I have a changed perspective on my activism because of the perseverance and determination that she has in hers. The fact that she carried on fighting for the rights of girls to an education even after being attacked and having her life endangered, shows a level of courage that few people have and it inspires me to have more courage in my life.

I'm so happy that I was able to welcome Malala into the Children's Peace Prize and I hope that we can grow our relationship in the future.

So, that was my epic September.

But this year has held some amazing experiences. And in November I was awarded the 2013 World of Children Youth Award!

The award ceremony took place in New York City. I know right, how amazing??

So, I traveled to New York with my mom - a week after writing my final exams for first year, which were possibly the worst-timed exams in history. I promise.

4 exams, 48 hours. Nuff said.

This scheduling resulted in illness but it's ok, we're hardcore. We can handle it. So, we flew to New York via Amsterdam which is a pretty long trip. And I had a cough, but not a regular cough people, a proper cough. This, in a plane with hundreds of people is really not ideal. However, having a free seat next to me for the first 12 hours of our trip really is ideal.

We were in New York for 4 days, but they were 4 amazing days. We had a lot of work that we were doing for World of Children Awards so we couldn't do all the touristy things but it was still an epic place to say I have seen.

Through the experience I have met the most passionate and incredible people that I will no doubt be working with in the future.

I am very excited to see where all of these relationships will take us. I guess time will tell.

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