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Trip Start Jan 03, 2011
Trip End Mar 26, 2011

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Monday, February 28, 2011

I realized that I never finished talking about the people on the abroad, and since we're just working on our project reports right now with nothing too interesting going on, I thought this would be the perfect time! There are still a bunch of people left, so I'm gonna hop to it!

Brie is a math major at Principia, where I went to school, but she's only a sophomore, which means that she was a freshman last year so that explains why I didn't really know her. She's from Washington state, and she's pretty much the cutest girl ever. She always has a positive attitude and is definitely a fun-loving person. She's really fun to hang out with, and we laugh a lot together. She has a pretty great role in our group because sometimes she acts like she's our mom and tries to get people to stay together, keep things clean, and be places on time. But then she's definitely the baby of the group sometimes in that she will totally zone out and have no idea what's going on. She's adorable and we all love her. :)

So that's all the girls! Well minus Janessa, who is one of the leaders and professors of the group. She taught at Prin while I was there, but only as a visiting professor, and I took "Religious Fundamentalism" and "History of the Israel/Palestine Conflict" from her. She is SO awesome, very down to earth but SO knowledgable about this area! She used to work for the State Department and was actually stationed in Iraq at the beginning of the Iraq war! She was even in Fallujah during some of the craziness that went on there! After her time in Iraq, she spent a few months in Israel and Palestine, learning all about the conflict. But what has been really fun about being abroad with her is seeing the fun and crazy side of here that didn't come out in my classes. She a total goofball and it's so fun hanging out with her!

So now the guys, the first is Forrest, Janessa's husband, and the other leader of the abroad. I was only familiar with who he was before the trip, so he was someone I have since gotten to know better. He's a really awesome guy and such a good leader for this trip. He's from Alaska originally, and he's really fun and will sometimes just break into "Country Road" or "Part of Your World" form the Little Mermaid. It's super hilarious, because he's this big, tough Alaskan man singing the Little Mermaid! I always crack up...he's awesome :)

Nathaniel is Forrest's little brother, (by only two years) who is also from Alaska and is on our trip as the photographer and videographer for the organizations sponsoring the abroad. He came 2 weeks late and will leave a week or so early, because he is a professional photographer back home! He does weddings and commercial photography, and he is SO GOOD!!!! His pictures are amazing! It's been really fun just to watch him work and talk with him about it, especially since photography is something I also enjoy doing. But besides that he's also just a really cool guy. He's super fun to be around and is just a big goofball too!! He's always full of energy and is cracking jokes constantly (more than half of the time at Forrest's expense:) It's awesome to have brothers on the trip). 

Ezra is from Berkeley, California and graduated with me last year from Prin with a major in Political Science. He's pretty fun to hang out with, and what's cool about Ezra is that he is always up to try anything new. He is constantly putting himself out there whether it's talking to total strangers or trying some random activity that comes our way, Ezra's always up for it! He's also a pretty funny guy, and we've definitely shared some good laughs!

Dan is one of the students that's NOT from Principia, one of only three! He's from Chicago and he's a junior at Northland College, majoring in all kinds of crazy stuff. I think it's Comparative Religions and Sustainable Community Development. Basically all the stuff we've been doing is right up his alley! He's a really cool guy and is a very genuine and kind hearted person. I haven't spent as much time with Dan as I have with some of the other members of the group. But in the quality time we have shared, it's so clear that Dan really cares about people in general. Whether it's those of us in the group, or the Israelis and Palestinians, he really wants to help anyone who is in need.

Eric is a junior at Prin, majoring in Business and possibly something else that I can't remember. He's from Connecticut and totally hilarious!!!!! He, like me, coins crazy phrases that make no sense, but still everyone ends up picking them up and using them!!!! He and I pretty much just talk in random sentences all the time, and he cracks me up. He's a blast to be around and we actually found out that we were in the same english class a couple of years ago but never really became friends! Sad! But I'm glad we're friends now because Eric is awesome.

That's everyone!!! As you can probably tell, we have a pretty stellar group. If you couldn't tell by the amount of times I used "he/she is hilarious!!" in my descriptions, I'm telling you we have an awesome group :) It's been especially cool to see how close we've gotten week by week. At the end of each week, we have a group debrief meeting where we share highlights and lowlights or things we're grateful for, and the past couple weeks we always get on tangents of how much the brotherhood and sisterhood has grown. We are definitely becoming a little family and I just love it! It's going to be sad to say goodbye to some of these people at the end of our trip, but hey, that's what facebook is for :) 

Click HERE for some new pictures I just put up!!!

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