The five of us trekkers and two people helping with camera equipment met this morning at 10:00 a.m. We took two taxis to Dr. Arias's house, but we didn't even have to give the taxi-driver the address! Evidently, everyone knows where he lives! In the U.S., if you tried to just drive on in to, say, Ex-President Jimmy Carter's house, you'd probably have to get out your phone book to call for directions. Once you got there, I don't think you would receive the same kind of greeting as we did. Dr. Arias's butler answered the door and showed us into one of the sitting rooms. My knees were shaking!
Shawn got right to work finding the best angle for the light and positioning; the rest of us waited. Kavitha looked at Dr. Arias's pictures of his family and of him with heads of state, while Kevin and I (nervously, of course) practiced the questions. Abeja stayed calm and serene on the leather sofa.
Finally, he arrived. Kavitha had the chance to show him our website, while Abeja explained a little about the Odyssey. After some preparation, much less than what we faced with the Rigoberta Menchu webcast, we were ready: "Estamos listos!"
Let's just say that afterwards, my inspiration was renewed. One person can truly make a difference. If you don't believe me, just read Oscar's Story and find out how one person's diligence and dedication to one thing - the establishment of a lasting peace - can truly affect other individuals, societies, nations, and the world.
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