Adventures have transformed and influenced the woman I am today. The first time I ventured out of the United States of America to explore was to Bermuda. Of course, growing up in Michigan, Canada was just a stones throw away, and London happened at sixteen. The summer before my senior year was Romania, which I’ll write about at some point. But most recently, and most significantly, was El Salvador.

I worked in the Provost’s Office at Grand Valley. Dr. Guevara was involved in human rights delegations, particularly focused in Central and South America. I found myself in this situation where travel and education could be synonymous. El Salvador had the second highest homicide rate in the world when I ventured there in 2013, and I was curious why. I had learned throughout my progressive organizing experience with School of Americas Watch that the United States of America’s Department of Defense had placed billions of dollars from the military-industrial-complex to support military presence in Central and South America. Why is this? Well, of course the cold war is not over, but also, communism, and also, cocaine, and also, coffee, and also, machismo culture, and also, well what else?

Here’s what i discovered. This is the journal . in such a short time, i nearly wrote an entire book. I will abridge personal stories to a degree, and perhaps exaggerate, or modify how I share the story, as over five years have passed in my lifetime. My reflection of course will transpose the story to a degree, but I think it is accurate, honest, and helpful for the future of the Americas.

Abril 27, 2013, Sabado

Abril 28, 2013, Domingo

Abril 29, 2013, Lunes

Abril 30, 2013, Martes

Mayo 1, 2013, Miercoles

Mayo 2, 2013. Jueves.

Mayo 3, 2013. Viernes

Mayo 4, 2013, Sabado

Mayo 5, 2013, Domingo

May 6, 2013, Lunes

May 7, 2013, Martes

Mayo 8, 2013, Miercoles

Mayo 9, 2013, Jueves