March 30, 2008
yo <3 bolivia
man, bolivia is beautiful!
on friday we left cochabomba, bolivia to go to a small village to deliver some food since one of their main food sources is potatoes. after visiting the village we went a bit farther because our host wanted to take us on a hike. all of us thought.... oh this will just be a nice little afternoon hike. take some nice scenic pictures - you know. we were already at 14,000 ft when the bus stopped to drop us off.
no one had any idea what they were getting their selves into.
it began with a nice grassy fields, rocks to climb through, llamas, and sheep playing in the distance....
we kept telling each other... not much further, not much further....
once we kept getting closer it turned into a 70-80 degree rock climb... and there was even remnants of snow!
there were times where i thought i CANNOT do this anymore. if it wasn't for some of my teammates support and encouragement i wouldn't have pushed through at all.
it was SCARY... i think about it and man i would have never done anything like this 3 or 4 years ago.
but I conquered Tunari Mountain and reached the highest peak in Bolivia at 17,000 ft!
not everyone made it. altitude played a huge factor... some people felt like they were drunk... others got light headed. i actually felt ok and had no real side affects from the altitude. just sore sore arms from hanging on for dear life at times....
i really can't believe we did this.... climbed 3000 ft to reach 17,000ft... intense!
us coming back down concentrating so hard.....
....what a day.
March 27, 2008
highlights of the past month....slightly mega blog entry.
it´s been a while since i´ve updated. a lot has been going on! we finally departed peru and now we are in bolivia.
here are some highlights from peru....
we spent two weeks living on a docked barge on the amazon river... may i say that the mosquitos were horrific?! hahahha.
but one day the boat started to move! "TO THE HEADWATERS OF THE AMAZON RIVER!!!!" check out this video my friend rachel put together....
that day was awesome. i was so happy at 6am in the morning.....
there was a sloth!!!!!
i tried coconut straight from the source!!!
and i just walked around the small village we were at and played some jump rope with the kids. it was pretty sweet.
it started getting really humid and we had to be back at the boat at 11am.... when i arrived at the boat i saw people jumping off the second level into the AMAZON!
now don't worry.... we weren't in a part that had piranhas so we didn't have to worry about it. bombs away!
for those two weeks working with the kids of the neighborhood were our focus. it was awesome!
here´s a video my friend kim put together and i call it the "fan debacle"....
being in desert and then in amazon jungle land... when we were back in iquitos we found simple pleasures like cold cereal & milk with an episode of seinfeld to keep us entertained.
then... we worked in a village for the remaindeing two weeks.
meet robison. he's 13 years old and has been out of school for 3 years due to his horrible eye sight. he had surgery in december so he could see better.... however the next step after receiving the surgery was to get glasses. however, his family couldn't afford to get the bifocals he needed. we met the family about a week before school started and robison's vision was starting to reverse.
after doing a little research we knew this was something that we could help the family with. we then brought robison and his grandmother to the doctor's office so he could pick out his new bifocals.
it was wonderful to be able to help this family with something so simple as glasses that will help him down the long road!
our team with the whole family.
there was so much to write about these past month. but now we have started parterning with orphanages in bolivia and will be heading to the rainforest to help build more orphanages for two weeks....
hopefully this long long blog entry makes sense to you all! internet is being slow and i can´t really proof read... esta bien... right?
March 1, 2008
it's amazing how much consumerism effects the brain...
today i was just sitting listening to music while doodling in my journal (since no epic thoughts were coming to mind) and looking at the water wondering if any pink dolphins would surface. i was really enjoying myself...
i then starting thinking... if i just clean up my doodles and bring my initial ideas into photoshop i could create a killer t-shirt... and of course become an expert doodler.
while rearranging my doodles into a more cohesive unit i thought woah. how American of me to want to turn a simple doodle of mine into a product... i just want to create to create... and how messed up is that my next thought is how could i make this into a product? it totally takes the fun out of things.
but then again i think about what i´m learning here and seeing how most of the world or a good percent doesn´t have standard living conditions. and i realize how much of a blessing it is and how grateful i am to have the opportunities i do. i must not take them for granted. even the simply things like clean water - warm showers... that many places in the world do not have.
for us who live in these "standard living conditions" the possibilities seem endless. but so often we are unhappy with what we have and always want the next best thing. "..Maybe so, but I say it is better to be content with what little you have. Otherwise, you will always be struggling for more."
now i´m thinking maybe i should design a t-shirt for a fundraiser of some sort.... hmmmmmm!?
i´ll update in a few days of what i´ve been doing here on the amazon/jungle....