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Alysse Johnson Reflection Paper Honduras and El Salvador Builds Character
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It was two days before our departure to study the religion, history, culture and economics of El Salvador. I had been excited about this trip for months. I could not wait to go to a completely different place and see, as well as experience, some of the ways different people live. At this time however, I was only concerned with passing three exams in two days, which included both my difficult accounting classes; plus I had to move all of my belongings back home before I left the country. Suddenly, it was the day of our departure and I could hardly believe it since I had been in a “study cocoon” for the past two weeks. At the end of exams, all seven of us attending this class were physically and emotionally drained. Even though I was very tired, I was still excited and ready to leave. My life at the time had become very complicated due to hard classes and a person that would not leave me alone and had previously treated me very badly. I needed to leave my complicated and technology ridden life behind for the next twenty four days to get back to me. My sole purpose for this time would be to clear my mind so I could relax, study, experience, and, ultimately, learn all that I could. The plane ride went smoothly; I was able to catch up on some much needed rest, as well as get to know Mike Gent for our interview exercise. Also not having to worry about anything that was not happening right at that moment was just what I needed. We arrived in Masca, Honduras, where we would be staying for a week to study the culture and history, as well as the religious status of El Salvador. After the plane we needed to take a bus to the guest house that was located on Omoa beach. On the way, we experienced the true state of most of Honduras. People were living in little metal shanties and using plastic lawn chairs for furniture; some were even just sitting on the ground. The streets were filled with people trying to sell anything and everything they could to people in their cars to make some kind of living. These conditions did not change much when we arrived in El Salvador either. Then our bus broke down for a good
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hour until the driver could reattach the missing belt on the bottom of it. After the bus incident, we got going again and went through the small town near our guest house. All the houses were very small and run down and the animals just ran loose around the houses and out onto the streets. Finally, we arrived at the guest house and settled in for our week long stay. We had one meeting that night to make introductions as well as to lay out a format for the rest of our time there. This was the start of our studying, reading, and learning about El Salvador while being in this beautiful place. It was difficult to read all the information for the first few days with all the distractions, and not the normal ones like facebook or my cell phone. Instead, there were distractions like the beach, the kids that lived next to us, and the intense heat that just made
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