Libby’s Travel Journal
We finished the trip with a trip to Machu Picchu. It was unbelievable. Even in the pouring rain and fog, the views were awesome. It was a great way to end an amazing trip.
On the 8-hour flight to Newark I had a lot of time to think about what this week has meant to me. First, I feel so incredibly honored that I was asked to tag along on such an amazing journey through the mountains and through wonderful communities. The days were long and there was a lot of travel and sometimes we were really tired, but I could not have asked for better people to travel with. I expected to come and touch and see alpacas, to witness beautiful landscapes, and to learn a ton, but I never really thought I would meet people who would make such an impression. I can’t remember the last time I laughed as hard as I did this week. I learned much more Spanish than I did in four years of high school, conquered fears I didn’t even really know I had, created words that are certainly not words, traveled and spent 10 days with my dad without my mom for the first time ever (and we are both still alive), tried foods I wouldn’t normally eat, bought so many souvenirs, built relationships, and most importantly made amazing friends.
I have done community service quite a bit and I went to the Dominican Republic and did a service trip, but I think what will make this trip particularly memorable for me is that I got to spend it with my dad. It’s hard telling your parents that you want to major in Public and Community Service Studies, because they more than anyone questioned what the heck I was going to do with it. But this week, I think my dad got to see what I love about it all so much and why it makes me so happy. While I still don’t know “what the heck I’m going to do with it” it doesn’t really matter right now, and that’s okay. I learned that sometimes not always seeking what’s next is okay, and that living in the moment is something I do far less frequently than I’d like to.
So to conclude, if you’re given the chance to travel, do it. If there’s a sweepstakes you want to win, enter it. If you see an alpaca, don’t be scared of it. If you get pulled up on stage, just dance. If you have to wear a trash bag poncho in the rain, work it. And if you have the chance to meet new people, let them make you better.
Read more about Libby and Russ’s trip on her blog: http://lgaitskill.blogspot.com/
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