You never know where or when you are going to have a life changing experience. Â Mine came this month during my sabbatical from Gymboree Corporation. Â After 7 years of employment, one is granted a month off to volunteer or take classes etc. Â Staying local for this month did not cross my…at all, so I packed my backpack and headed to Bali to teach English to 2nd Graders. Â The experience was filled with highs and lows, but by the end I had not only gained a love and appreciation for the Balinese culture and people, but also came home with friendships that I will have forever.
Meet Karina. Born in Russia but has called NYC her home since age 8. Â We became instant friends when we met on our first day of volunteering…both of us were quiet at first (well for like the first 30 minutes) only to realize we had similar personalities which made for lots of laughing! Â Just two weeks after our volunteer adventures had come to an end in Bali she came to SF on a work trip! Â Yah! I had to show her around, and of course brought my camera with me…One thing lead to another and yada yada yada…this happened. Â Love You Russian! Â See you in Your City in 2 weeks!