I hope every one made it back safe and sound. I lost my camera in transit so I can’t post any pictures, but I would love to see a few from the group. Sharing the experience with people in my home town is one of the most important parts of the trip!

I also got some cheap tea tree salve that seems to be working pretty well for burnt lips.

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but seeing with new eyes"

Now that I have the time to sit and think, I am recalling. I am recalling group orientation, long hours on planes, bus travel, and cramped taxis. Bright cobblestone city, Peruvian food, vendors, crafts, Spanish and heavy luggage. Misty days. Homestays in the mountains, chakras, soccer for fun, beautiful children, a small school and hard working/ open hearted people. Rainy days. Warm Amazon rainforest, research station and exotic flora and fauna and mosquito bites. Mines, gold, and Soybeans. Cheap arts and crafts and old fashioned architecture. Tourists and magnificent Inca temples. markets, enchanting pipe music, hikes, and cold and barren mountains. The process of eating an Alpaca, native languages and poverty. Sunny days. Hiking around a mountain, high altitude passes, sickness, horses and tents, and small thriving communities.

I am recalling feelings of excitement and anticipation, vision for adventure, and philosophy for positive change.

Quality of life, Reality maps, and 15 different action theories.

Johary’s window, development, and wants versus needs.

Quotes and philosophers and religion: Sartre (not ‘star trek’), Admunson, Chackleton, Scott, Einstein, Jefferson…

Movies and books (add to the list if you like): Malcolm X, 1984, The Bottom Billion, The Alchemist…

History of Inca’s, spanish inquisition, explorers, small peruvian communities, traditions, music, festivals and ceremonies.

Leadership, group dynamics, roles, and feedback.

"When you discover something that nourishes your soul and brings you joy, care wnough about yourself to make room for it in your life"

-Jeanne Shinode Bolen

What was the first thing you did when you returned? I slept. And after regenerating, I awoke to the familiar surroundings with a question: What shall I do next?