Day 1: Reflection by Rachel Wagster

Wow. As I look around and feel the warm Salvadoran breeze against my back, I am in awe. I feel so blessed to have made it to San Salvador. The day has been filled with laughter and smiles as we all anticipated our arrival in a new country. Getting to know the group members has been a rewarding experience within itself. Each person brings something unique, from Anna to her cultured, intelligent stories of world travel to Leah who documents it all. It is truly amazing that after weeks of planning, packing, and preparation we can actually say WE ARE HERE! Just as I typed that a gecko started chirping in my ear (it sounds like little kisses – besitos), I think they are excited too.

It is hard to put into words how exactly all of this feels viagra versand. Seeing all the locals waiting for friends and family at the airport portrays just how caring this place is. First stop- pupusas– and, whew! were they amazing. I recommend to anyone who gets the chance to try an authentic pupusa to do so ASAP. While we were sitting with the group at dinner, it started to hit me that we are here. There is so much I am looking forward to experiencing here, and I hope it doesn’t go by too fast.

I cannot wait to go to the community of El Espino and meet our students. I am thrilled to get settled in at our homes and meet our new families. I am nervous and excited to practice my Spanish with the Salvadorans. I am amazed at how much I have already learned, and hope to continue to learn throughout this journey, and long after. I am open to the new experiences that will happen over the next nine days. It is incredible that I can already see this experience changing us for the better.

Thank you a million times over to Anna, the FCE, Mesa Catholic, all those who donated, and all of those who support us for this opportunity. To everyone back home who may have been concerned, we have made it here safely. I miss my friends, family, and puppy back in Colorado, but I already feel like I could stay here forever.

2 Comments

  1. Brian
    March 22, 2015 - Reply

    Boy what memories, I’m glad you all made it safely. I remember I was delayed due to the weather, and unfortunately missed the viewing of Blessed Romero’s chapel and rectory that he lived in and preached. But in the long run, it was the spending the week there that made the trip worth while Give my best to La familia Menendez.

  2. Tony Mendez
    March 24, 2015 - Reply

    So glad you get to experience El Salvador! It is a beautiful country. You are very lucky indeed. Have a great time :).

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