Archive | May, 2012

Where Have I Been?!

22 May

Wow, it’s been a LONG time since I posted, thanks to the absolute insanity of my life the past few months.

Since I last posted, I failed my Spanish Challenge but still returned to my favorite place on Earth

(Lake Atitlan, Guatemala)

and got to spend time with some very special people

(the teachers at the school I volunteer at)

Then I came back to the United States for a whole 48 hours before boarding a plane by myself for the very first time, racing across an airport to catch my connecting flight, and then I was headed to Panama with another small group of friends and teachers.

In Panama, I had the best fried chicken I’ve ever tasted in my life

(Nelvis fried chicken)

And then I had my glasses stolen by a monkey on this island

(some secluded island we ended up at)

Both trips were incredible and life-changing. Going back to Guatemala was emotional for me because I love it so much and I got to see all of the people that I love so much for the first time in a year. Then I found out that my favorite person in the entire world has a possibly terminal illness, which broke my heart, but also made me so thankful that I was able to spend time with her. Ten days was far too short a period of time to spend in Guatemala and I am so happy to be going back for a longer period of time in January. But, I did get to explore some new places, which I’ll be blogging about too.

Panama was just a whirlwind of firsts for me. While Panama was an “easier” country to handle, compared to Guatemala, the trip managed to push me out of my comfort zone again and again. I went white-water rafting for the first time, despite my fear of drowning, tried Peruvian food, and attempted to salsa dance (but quickly learned that I fail terribly). The people I went with were near strangers at the beginning of the trip but there’s barely been a day that I’ve gone without talking to them since returning home – the two girls and I are something like sisters now.

Both trips were just amazing and I have so many things to blog about but, first, I need to finish my last seven days of high school. Next Friday is my last day of high school ever and it’s completely surreal. I’m excited and terrified and have 1308530 things to do before then.

I have some really exciting things planned for the next year – like a cross-country roadtrip and my first 5k – that I can’t wait to share more about and I’m really dying to spill about all the details of Guatemala and Panama.

Now I just need to finish high school!