"Oh the places we’ve gone"… thank you!

Trip Start Jan 15, 2010
Trip End Jun 18, 2010

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Well here we are.
My last gap year blog entry.

Sitting here, not in a South American internet café in some exotic location like the Bolivian Amazon, but instead on my own laptop in our cozy wooden cottage north of Toronto—surrounded by all the modernity's of north America. 


Granted we haven’t had electricity in 2 days, don’t have phone or internet, and have had a recent 'seemingly tragic’ outbreak of cockroaches…

Indeed with my headlamp on again I feel more like I’m back in the Amazon…

But hey, maybe that’s the universe’s way of ‘easing’ me back into North American life?… or perhaps, on a more cynical note, maybe its just God’s way of again turning everything on its head—all my assumptions about what life would be like when I returned to reliable, ‘civilization’—and showing us that maybe this whole ‘turning your ideas on what you’ve always thought was so reliable or so clear, upside down’, isn’t just for South America. 

Maybe it’s for life in general.  No matter if you’re in a country that is more ‘modern’ or governed, or on a continent as crazy, chaotic, and unreliable as South America, things aren’t always what they seem, and the only way to survive is by having an open mind and always being ready to be flung in a completely different direction….

Anyways, the point of this final gap year blog entry is rather to thank YOU.  All of you, for taking the time to read my blog, and support me through emails, comments, and just for reading.  I’ve never written publicly before, and I couldn’t have asked for a better first experience. 

Without some of your support—especially during the hard times like being in the hospital and struggling with the reality of life down there, I think its pretty possible I wouldn’t have made it this far. 

Special thanks to Dr. Moor, Julie Green, Brianne, Shauna, Lauren, Ashley, Aunt Linda, Pati, Uncle Jimmy, Janet Jarzyna, Kaila, Leif and Armi, Karly, Raven, Auntie Jo, Anise, Pascal, Mrs. Weber, Ana, CYD, Ricca, Sheri, Matt Nichols, and Lauren Staub --

all of who have left words of support or wisdom, and also to anyone who followed the blog that I don’t know about because of the anonymity of my visitors. 

And OF COURSE, as if I have to say-- thank you to my mom.  Without you, none of this would be possible.  From your support from the beginning, to trying hundreds of numbers to reach me, navigating your way through Spanish speaking websites, and hooking us up with volunteer opportunities, I could NOT be more grateful. 

This blog was always for you, and I hope you've enjoyed it.


5 months.

3 very different countries.

Countless smiles and a few tears.

And over 16, 000 km!


We made it!

If you’ve learned anything, had any new thoughts or perspectives on life in South America, on traveling  or volunteering, or I have just made you smile, my job as a blogger and storyteller is complete.

I’m a new person.


I hope a part of you, however little, is too.


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john moor on

Congratulations. And on to even bigger and better excitement in the rest of your life.

Lara on

Thankuuuuu for ALL your support Dr. Moor! You're the best! You're comments always made/make me smile!

See you in Florida! Hope you did have a great little vacation!

Auntie Jo on

Life is a crazy domino experience as each zig leads to the next zag. Enjoy your time at the cottage to process it all, and prepare the way for your next adventure. You know we'll be right behind you all the way.

Sra. Oliveros on

You are one special, courageous young lady, not to mention an excellent writer! I have truly enjoyed reading your blogs and read a few of them to my students. I am so proud of you! I would love to have you as a guest speaker this year to talk about your adventures through SA. Esta bien?

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