Day 6-Lindsey’s Blog- Working on the School and some time in Antigua

Hola familia y amigos!!!! We are leaving tomorrow and that means the week has come and gone. A part of my heart with always be in the country of Guatemala, with the many mountains, the beautiful Guatemalan people, and the great organization ‘As Green As It Gets’. One thing unique to this experience that I will never forget is waking up in the morning to see a volcano erupt while I brushed my teeth!!
The Guatemalan people are so friendly and welcoming, I have never encountered a culture like such. It is such a vast difference from America where people just walk by each other thinking about their busy lives, what they are going to do next…instead of enjoying their surroundings and seizing life during the moment…Guatemalan people take the time to say hola, buenos dias, buenos tardes, or Buenos noches and that is a reason I feel so immersed in the community although I have only been here a week.
What ‘As Green As It Gets’ is doing in Guatamala for the people is a truly amazing thing. Franklin, the founder of ‘As Green As It Gets’, has amazing love for the people of Cuidad Verde, love that radiates and shines into the heart of anyone who is near him. Steve, our tour guide, is a world traveler and has a heart of gold. You know he’s a special guy for putting up with our group and not getting paid for it…haha!
Today we built more of the school, and I was up so high on the scaffold, scared but I definitely faced my fear of heights for a good reason! I also ripped through a huge root in a tree with a machete and showed up all the guys…sure made my day! ☺ In the afternoon, we went to the market in Antigua. All I remember is a whirlwind of faces, purses, bracelets, shirts, tourists…it all blended together after about 15 minutes. Everyone said they had the better deal than the next person, who knows, but I am very excited about my purchases. So as I go to bed tonight I’ll lay in my bed thinking about my first view of the pacific ocean tomorrow, the farmers and Guatemalan families I have met, the 9 new friends I have gotten very close to from Oshkosh, and the delicious coffee and authentic food I am going to miss when I am back home.
Peace & Love! –Lindsey Kobes


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ken Larie
    Mar 25, 2011 @ 18:41:17

    Thanks Lindsey for your information. I dare say you have accomplished much more than overcoming your fear of heights. You have conquered much which will take you to unlimited heights. We can’t wait to hear more from our loved ones. Safe travels.

    Annette (Mom Larie)


  2. Lori Develice Collins
    Mar 25, 2011 @ 18:52:56

    A very touching reflection, Lindsey! Thank you for sharing it with us.


  3. Lynn Kobes
    Mar 25, 2011 @ 20:33:48

    Wow Lindsey, your time there sure sounds amazing!!! I can’t wait to hear more about your excursion and viewing your pictures. Enjoy the remainder of your time there….can’t wait to see you.


    P.S. Good going on showing up the guys on who’s the strong one!


  4. Lana
    Mar 26, 2011 @ 03:06:31

    Lindsey, I hope you can come to my classroom in the future to share about your experience. All of you did such a nice job sharing about your trip. There were times I could totally visualize being there with you. Take care and be safe!
    Lindsey’s Aunt Lana


  5. Jeanne Hiatt
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 13:38:51

    The College of Nursing is very proud of you and all of the other students in your group! Thanks to all of you for being such great representatives of UW Oshkosh!
    Jeanne Hiatt (College of Nursing Learning Lab instructor)


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