Week 1 in El Paso: shelter life with the poor
Trip Start Nov 25, 2006
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Living at Vides was a great welcome to El Paso for Paul and me, and we are grateful to the staff there (who we respect for their commitment and tremendous work ethic) and the other guests for allowing us to join them while we investigated our options in El Paso, looked for a place to live for the next few months, and started discovering what kinds of volunteering we could do
We moved into a furnished studio apartment four miles north of the city's downtown because we didn't need a lease and wanted to get away from the urban environment a bit. While still on the city bus route, we are out in nature--surrounded by mountains and with a lovely vista of the city which extends well into Mexico and New Mexico. Tho small, we are so happy and feel so privileged and rich with our quiet and privacy. It is nice to move into a place after a couple months on the road now, and it is fun to get along just fine with very few possessions.