2013 brought me challenges I expected and sometimes, lessons I never saw coming. Here is a handful of the most valuable:
1) The rain provides an extra rinse for your clothes hanging on the line to dry. Between the months of January and June, it rains almost daily in Luya. When you rely on the sun or wind to dry your clothes hanging on the line, the constant rain becomes a challenge. Just let go and let mother nature rinse your clothes another time or two. Your underwear will dry. Hopefully.
Ian and I landed in Perú one year ago today with these kindred spirits. It’s been one hell of a roller coaster, but here we are one year later.
“Life in the Peace Corps will not be easy. There will be no salary and allowances will be at a level sufficient only to maintain health and meet basic needs. Men and women will be expected to work and live alongside the nationals of the country in which they are stationed—doing the same work, eating the same food, talking the same language.
But if the life will not be easy, it will be rich and satisfying. For every young American who participates in the Peace Corps—who works in a foreign land—will know that he or she is sharing in the great common task of bringing to man that decent way of life which is the foundation of freedom and a condition of peace.” – John F. Kennedy
Now that we´ve hit a more or less steady pace on our projects, I thought I´d post some info on what it is I´m working on.
Judith became a mother at 19. She raised her son as a single mother, and in the meantime, she completed college and started her career as a teacher. Now 24 years later, she is the acting director of the elementary school she once attended. She is also the only female member of the city council. Judith is an exception. Read more
Every once in a while, if you are lucky, you witness something extraordinary. Something beautiful. Maybe it is a child´s smile, a sunrise, an unexpected connection, or a spiritual experience. You know you can try to capture it with a photo, or explain it to a friend, but it isn´t quite the same. It is an essence. It is an impression of what it meant to you. Read more