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Latin America 2005

Journal 1

- Gwen Hedrick

I keep thinking of the movie title Lost in Translation. That is my theme for this week. It wouldn't be right to start this entry without this verse: Psalm 34:4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me, freeing me from all my fears. This study experience is greatly intertwined with my faith. I've been wanting to learn Spanish for a long time and live in another culture; but for a lot of my life I have let my fears control me. Fears of messing up the language, fears of inadequacy and mostly my PHOBIA OF FLYING. But- here I am, learning how to trust. I think the transitions going on inside me are too big for words.

'God's got the whole world in his hand.. He's got the whole world in his hands.' (sc)

Things that are new to me in Guatemala:

- Showers with electric heat.

- Open air houses

- Only Spanish

- Crowded Buses

- Fruit Drinks

- Being served (meals, laundry, bed made, emptying trash)

- Vibrant colors

- Can't drink the tap water (or brush my teeth in it)

- Ravenes

- Restricted time

- 9pm bedtime and 5:30am wake up

- Car Exhausts/ pollution

- Houses with no heat or air conditioning

- Tin roof

- Armed military walking the streets

- Being looked at like a specimen

- Putting the toilet paper in the trash can (can't flush it)

Other current programs:
New Zealand
Spain