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Ready for the Road!
January 10, 1999
 
Jamila in Chinatown

It's countdown! Just five more days until our journey to Latin America begins. I have been overwhelmingly excited to begin our adventure since I arrived from Los Angeles. Last Tuesday I was cheerfully welcomed at the airport by Monica. At this point I still had not met any of my fellow team members, but when I finally met them the following day it was a great connection! I was pleased to know how much we share in common!

The last couple of days have been hectic with everyone trying to get their "lists of things to do" accomplished. I'm still trying to decide what to pack! I have been anxiously reading guidebooks about Mexico, Belize and Guatemala so that we avoid getting lost as we're trekking! Then again that will be the fun part - getting lost! I've traveled to Mexico on previous adventures, but I've never been to Belize or Guatemala. I'm looking forward to learning about the culture, traditions, and communities of the places we will be visiting. I have spent my nights reading the book "Crossing Borders" by Rigoberta Menchu to gain a better understanding of her political struggle and contributions to the indigenous communities of Guatemala.

Jamila shopping in ChinatownThis morning Monica, Klaus and I visited the Golden Gate Bridge. It was freezing cold outside, and being from Los Angeles where the sun always shines, it was difficult to withstand. Window shopping in Chinatown was a great cultural experience. It was a great way to spend the morning. Since I've been here I've had the opportunity to savor the tasty multicultural cuisine San Francisco has to offer. From pasta to spring rolls, San Francisco is my kind of place!

It has always been a dream of mine to travel around the world and experience life with people of different communities. This trek will make this dream become a reality. Unfortunately, I will only be with the team until Guatemala because I have to return to my classroom back in Los Angeles. I teach first and second grade at Loreto Street Elementary. This trip will be the start of a wonderful global bridging experience for my students and children around the world. My hope is that as a teacher, this trek will inspire teachers and students around the world to become advocates for change and continue to work towards a peaceful global environment. Hasta pronto!


 
 

Abeja - Busy as a bee!
Monica - Picking up where we left off
Kavitha - Two Years Ago and Ahead
Klaus - World Trek is Go!
Shawn - Personal Check-in...Equipment Check Later
 
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