Monday, 19 September 2011
After getting back home I promptly left for Ecuador, and so there I was heading down south for another adventure of a lifetime. My experience there was simply supernatural, from the incredible vistas of the Andes to the heart enthralling time spent swimming with sea turtles. But what really stuck with me the most was the experience building the houses with the people who would be living in them. On our last day of building (while we were leaving and saying our good-byes) a village man came up to me with tears in his eyes, embraced me and began to speak to me in spanish. I had absolutely no idea what he was saying, but I had never understood someone more clearly. The gratitude that radiated from his eyes and smile will never leave me, and it was that moment that made me realize that the value of a human life really is what you leave behind in the hearts of others.
I've experienced many events this summer that really can't be described in words. So I think I will have to use the words of another:
In the words of Frodo Baggins while ascending Mount Doom to throw the one ring into the lava: 'I couldn't have done it without you!'
I will leave the donation site open for one more week, in case there is anyone else who would like to contribute either to my journey or in memory of Terry Fox (whose annual memorial run happened yesterday)
Cancer Donations: Here
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
so it was a whirlwind of a week getting ready for ecuador, and as a result this blog is missing the story of how I got home...
I am currently writing this in ecuador (the blog website conveniently changed itself to spanish) and I will be out of internet contact for the next 12 days while we tour around Ecuador and do the volunteer project in the rural area.
So unfortunately I will have to give a more thorough account of how the trip ended in due time.
But as a quick version: I got home safe, still had some stuff in my lungs when I got back so it was another round of antibiotics for me, the trip down here was very long (more than 24 hrs), quito is eye popping, I just climbed to the top of a church today (at least 20 stories), and I feel better but definitely still recovering
look forward to a better update soon :)
alrighty now i just have to find the spanish for 'post'
Saturday, 18 June 2011
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Monday, 13 June 2011
I will keep the updates coming, but Ill do smaller amounts at a time to keep it manageable. but for now, ill do my service for the greater odiferous good of the world and go take a shower :)
The crew, from left: Bob, Daffyd, Shauna, Andre, Herb
Saturday, 4 June 2011
Time for pics!
Me and my bandaged left arm, so I didn't start bleeding everywhere :) I guess it wouldn't have mattered, my bike and jersey were red anyways :P
Ummm excuse me sir, but it seems you left the tap on.
If you don't like blood don't scroll further!!
My sad elbow :( Trust me it was a long and painful process to individually pick all the tiny rocks out of that hole... Oddly enough, the gash I have on my knee now is in the exact same place I have a scar from when I first learned to ride a bike (strangely coincidental indeed)
I didn't put a picture of my black and blue hip up, thought it would be too scandalous and I'd like to keep this blog PG 13 :)