Yesterday we arrived at the bus station in Buenos Aires and were so impressed by how clean and sophisticated everything seemed. We piled all our backpacks and small bags onto a few benches and settled in for a bit. I told Kevin, "Look, here are my three bags," and he said he would watch them as he read more about Argentina in our Lonely Planet Guide. When I returned from the ladies' room (which actually had toilet paper and soap, a first for us in South America!) there were only two bags, my big computer bag and my backpack. My little black bag had disappeared, while Kevin was right there! Which goes to prove that even in Buenos Aires, well-regarded as one of the most cosmopolitan and wealthy cities in the Southern Hemisphere, there are still some sneaky thieves!
When I read about the slayings in Littleton and more recent shootings and threats throughout the United States, I am dismayed and disturbed. I remember being in middle and high school. I know how difficult it can be to get through every day, in a routine, sometimes with no thought to the possibility of change. I have participated in this Trek with the Odyssey in the hope that somehow I can share with you how much more exists in the world.
Although you might sometimes feel trapped, or think that your life doesn't have purpose or meaning, I can assure you that, first of all, you definitely count and your presence in the world is a unique and special event that touches other people in ways you might not even know yet. Second, you CAN "make a difference," like we say on our website, simply by taking the time to figure out what you believe in, and taking actions that align with your beliefs. Thirdly, and I wish I could explain this better, you can definitely travel and move outside of your world, into a wider world. Places like Istanbul and Antarctica are NOT unreachable, and in fact, if you believe in it and want it, you, too, can trek by land and sea from San Francisco to Buenos Aires, like we have done these last five months.
"There's nothing there," they said,
Best wishes to you,
Shawn - Che Guevara - Giving Everything, Always, Until Victory
Kevin - Journey from the Eyes of a Jeep
Making a Difference - Save a tree, go napkin-free!
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