I have been pondering ways to write my last reflection. How do I even begin? My heart hurts extra today as I think of everyone in El Espino. I fell in love with that country and those people. Everything I do, everywhere I look, I am reminded of El Espino. I found myself smiling in class today remembering all of the laughs my family and I shared. My life is changed forever.

Never in my life did I think I would be welcomed with such open arms to a place I have never been. The physical beauty of El Salvador is unbelievable but the real beauty is beneath the trees and inside the little square houses. The real beauty is the people.

The community of El Espino will always be in my heart and on my mind. I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity I was given, for the forever friendships I made on this trip, and most of all the family I stayed with. They were the kindest, most amazing people I have ever met and I thank them the most for making my trip better than I could ever imagine. I believe that I will someday return. I wish I could go back right now to heal the heartache of being away from these incredible people.

So thank you to everyone who supported this trip, to Anna and the group for being so awesome and to the people of El Espino for showing me that all you need is love.