Week One and I Feel As If My Heart Has Found It’s Place of Natural Immigration Patterns Mingling With An Array of Flight Patterns

I would be inconsiderate of the wholesomely awesome experience I have had the opportunity to witness this past week to attempt to summarize all the beautifully crafted soul orientating, searching, them jumbling back together of the self. These people I have the pleasure to embark on this journey with come from all over the world including Germany, Asia, and all stretches of the US, bringing diverse and distinctly unique perspectives and love to all we have done. I have never felt so much acceptance and nurturing in such a short amount of time with individuals brought together by complete happen chance. Including the vibrantly affectionate locals that consistently see the best in everyone they meet and feel as if they have a deep seated sense of appreciation of the human experience no matter the context. The first travel day consisted on 15 hours of on an off planes to first JFK from humble minneapolis, then a 6 hour luxurious flight to Guayaquil. After we arrived in Guayaquil, we took a short 50 minute puddle jumper filled with delectable caramels and marvelous sleeps to Quito. After arriving in Quito, we met our local constituent with the education sector of Ecuador called ELT, which is the organization that we take spanish classes and will be teaching 8th-10th grade English in a town called San Jose De Minas. We were greeted by the town of Mindo, the city we had orientation in, by deeply carpeted mountains of dense forest and what looked like green moss hugging the mountain sides. We debarked the bus and had our first interaction with the local engineering consisting of this wonderful Indiana Jones type carriage to carry us across the river, which we would later learn our Peter Pan of a living corridor was situated upon. As I journaled the first night, I truly believe I found out the reason Gentleman obtain morning wood because of how excited I was to wake up in the morning and watch as the sun illuminated the forest hiding a plethora of secrets we would never truly understand as the sun inched across the mountain until it reached us and the peacefully tranquil roaring river. Some of the highlights so far have been the numerous seminars about the self, how we identify our lives with similarities spanning across the human experience as well as what we view development as along with the assumptions we hold as result of our personal upbringing. We had a “Salsa-size” (Ecuadorian Jazzercise) immersion with an incredibly gifted man named Patricio who resembled the Ecuadorian Matthew Mcconaughey. The way he danced couldn’t help but leave us with the looming question of how he is able to talk with his hips and chest in such a way by gyrating and popping in ways I didn’t know possible. Another highlight was a majestic waterfall hike that took around an hour of sheer scrambling up the face of the rain forest, then back down the side following a river ending in a 35 foot waterfall. As a group we participated in an extremely symbolic jump down the waterfall although not everyone did it for themselves, but rather for one another. There is so much more I would absolutely love to express about how incredible of a love filled spiritually, physically, and mentally stimulating journey and it has only been one week. I can not accurately demonstrate how grateful I am to have this opportunity to be on this train with all these people that have one important thing in common, that we all are in flux flying through our own migration pattern of life, but are able to use each others drafting technique to own our personal gain, all in the vision that we will we land in different places, but knowing we have gained something special no one else will be able to appreciate, in the best and most beneficial way possible.

2 thoughts on “Week One and I Feel As If My Heart Has Found It’s Place of Natural Immigration Patterns Mingling With An Array of Flight Patterns

  1. Mom

    Hi Honey Nick,
    I am so happy to read your blog. You have an exquisite writing ability. I am glad you are happy! We miss you! Love, Mom and Greg xoxoxooxoxoxo
    P.S. Thank you very much for your beautifully written and deeply heart felt letter to me on your bed…… I loved it. xoxoxoxoxo


  2. Kimm Schneider

    Nick – it’s Kimm Schneider. Mark and I leave for Peru 10/3 thorugh 10/17. I’ve been wanting to return to the Andean culture since I was in Bolivia in 1973 – yes I was just 18 then! The one thing I never saw in my 10 months in Bolivia was Lago Titicaca and so we’re going to the Peru side on Oct 8 &9 – can’t wait! Looking forward to the color, tasting some of the fine food of my youth and speaking Spanish. My Rotary Exchange year I lived with 2 families in Oruro – high in the altiplano – ugly, but a great memory that formed the rest of my adult years. Because of that year I majored in Spanish in college and have worked in International Sales & Marketing for 30 years.
    ENJOY! Be safe. Hugs.


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