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Published: August 18th 2008
Once upon a time, in a land far, far, far away, four travelers set out on a journey. Each traveler had their own personal reasons for joining the group. Some wanted to find direction. Others wanted to face their fears and doubts. When the journey started they had no idea of the obstacles and triumphs that would stand before them.
The beginning of their trip was filled with high spirits and innocence of those who feel the world is so vast. They soon discovered that the word poverty in how they once knew it would forever be altered. As would the meaning of hard work and simple living. They would meet people who, with little effort, would leave an imprint on each of them. Stories of sadness, desperation, hope and pride would remain equally as powerful throughout their tour.
The heart of their journey would include fears being vanquished one by one.
The completion of their quest would be just the beginning. Lessons of bargaining and being able to identify gender by one's adams apple were put to the test. The discussions of culture verses human nature would transpire many late night evenings. In the end, each one found what they were looking for, and more.
This traveler wanted to find out more about herself and the person she truly was when put to the test. Although she was disppointed in herself many times, she did come to many conclusions. She realized how often she uses her silence as a way to make sense of her emotions. She has learned how important it is to do right by those who love you and those who you love. Above all else, she has learned that regardless of your "status" in society, all people want the same thing in life, no matter what country you come from. We are all so much more alike, then we are different, even when our senses tell us otherwise.
And so, when these four travelers set off for home tomorrow evening, they will be arriving quite different from when you last saw them. Their eyes are wider, their ears sharper, their hearts stronger, and their pockets emptied. This journey is not over. In fact, it is far from over. It's really just the beginning...
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