After we all met her and some of the people she works with, we showed her the Odyssey webpage and explained to her how the webcast would work. She was thrilled to see our page with all the background information on Guatemala and her life. She almost had tears in her eyes when her pictures and her quotes popped up on the screen Rigoberta's Story. When she wrote her book in the early 1980s, she never dreamed that her words would one day reach so many thousands of people all around the world via computer. It was her first time on the internet!
I now appreciate, more than ever, what an amazing tool the internet is. Aside from the thrill of meeting a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, the World Trek Team's work with the special webcast team (who traveled from the United States for the event) was something I will never forget. Our new friends from Webcast Solutions and NetShaman Productions flew into our world and donated their high tech equipment and their time all because they believe in the Odyssey. I think our team really needed a reminder and a visit from people who believe in our work. There is soooo much work, and we spend so much time by ourselves, it is nice to have reminders like this. On top of all their help, the webcast team graciously surprised us with goodies from home including dark chocolate and mosquito repellent!
Maia, a member of the NetShaman Productions team, contributed one of today's dispatches Maia - Quetzal - The Flight to Freedom and look for more Maia dispatches in the next couple of weeks. We are very lucky to have Maia's skilled and extremely well traveled eyes to contribute beautiful photographs and stories about Guatemalan culture. When she first got here, Maia interviewed us about our experiences on the World Trek so far. Her husband videotaped our discussion, and thanks to Webcast Solutions and Monica, you can see that video footage on the "Meet the Team" pages.
Now that all the buzz and excitement of last Thursday has passed, we all are returning to our normal roles on the trek team with one major difference. Jamila left to go back to Los Angeles, California where her 1st and 2nd grade class is eagerly awaiting her return. We are all very sad because she is such a great person and brought such wonderful energy and wisdom to the team. But in her absence we await the arrival of our new trek member, Kevin, who is also a great person, and weíre excited for him to get here. Jamila is not finished with the Odyssey by any means. She will still be writing some special dispatches and will hopefully come out and meet up with us again in Africa.
Iím starting to get really excited about our next destination, Peru. Not only do we have a whole new country and culture to learn about and explore, but we hopefully have a whole new webcast to look forward to. I canít wait to have the wonderful people from Webcast Solutions and NetShaman come out and meet us again. Stay tuned to see what new magic we can create Jamila said she might even take a short vacation from teaching to fly down for the event!
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