So, this is the blog that I recount all that has happened this past year and I must say I don't think i deserved it at all.
January-July: I was still in Detroit working at Alternatives for Girls (AFG). Detroit defianetly stle my heart and it remains there til this day. All the people I met and worked with are still dear to me. I miss hanging out with my community there and riding a bike everywhere. I miss going to the Boll YMCA and taking spinning classes. I miss eating Veggies straight from the garden with mi amiga Gwennie. I miss my roommates: Derek, Gwen, Hno. Vince, y Hno. Bob. I miss St. Charles and everything about it. I miss my outside Amigos: Leor, Shannon, Mike, Nikki, Alan, Kristen, Sarah R y B, Marta, and Gisella (just to name a few). I miss the access to marathons.
I learned so much about myself and about life. I learned to love unconditionally and to listen without interruption. I learned to read the needs of others. I learned that living is complete when you can live within anothers life and that we are here to share our stories in turn to learn others stories.
After leaving Detroit, I spent two weeks in Chicago for orientation. I meet some really great people who heard the call and answered "Yes". After, I spent 2 weeks in Hawaii to spend time with friends and family. It was hard but necessary. It's good to know that you are being loved. Then, in August I headed to Milwaukee for the final orientation before we (Michael, Alyssa, y yo) headed out to Peru. Life in Peru of course has been great so far. The boys here are funny, fun, and just plain silly. Coming here with no background in Spanish was hard but now I am at the point where I can actually have a conversation with people. It is a slow converstation, but a converstation none the less. We are presently, on our vacation which means pretty much all the boys are gone.
Some of the boys will not be returning like Elias. Elias was a great kid. In the week and a half, we would go running around la ciudad and I would teach him english while he helps me with my spanish. It was nice to have that help.
What will the new year hold? I don't know. But, when it happens I will make sure to let you all know.