Yupaychani means thank you in Kichwa.
Quote of the day: “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man, true nobility is being superior to your former self.” –Ernest Hemingway
Question of the day: What is true about yourself now, that wasn’t true at the beginning of this trip?
This is it, the final blog for Guaranda, Ecuador 7/27-8/11 trip!
(Personally, I think this trip flew by in the blink of an eye, I cannot believe it is over already.)
This morning we had an early wake up call of 6:45 to get going to our closing reflection ceremony at La Guilena. We had our final meal with Ana at La Estansia saying goodbye and trying to hold back the tears.
This trip has been life changing, and not at all what I expected. For the first activity in the ceremony, the Glimpsers drew out maps of their most significant Global Glimpse moments. These ranged from receiving the news that we were nominated, the essays and application process, the after school meetings, the first time we met each other at O’hare, Alex confiscating our phones, our laugh, our tears, the leadership lessons learned, and finally, today. This map helped give us insight as to how Global Glimpse has changed us all in its own way.
After this activity, we continued onto the final “Big Love.” This Big Love had a twist, instead of sitting in our nightly meeting and receiving love verbally, everyone was given a “big love” sheet with their name. Afterwards, we passed the sheets to the left and anonymously wrote the times that that person has had a special impact on our life. Once finished, the Glimpsers were not allowed to look at their own until we all looked together at the same time. Once again, laughs and tears were shared. We opened discussion to talk about the positivity that they have revived; it was interesting to find that there was a theme for everyone. For example, the majority of mine gave compliments on my energy and love for rock climbing. The final Big Love was a wonderful way to close this adventure. (It’s also very fun to guess who write what… shout out to Jake, can’t wait to go to Lifetime together!) Because of this activity, Glimpsers will now be able to physically hold the friendships built on this trip even when we are apart.
After we finished our closing ceremony, we were fed a glorious final lunch from Maria and headed on the bus to get our luggage and ride 5.5 hours to Quito. On our bus ride, we watched Los Increibles 2 (bootlegged Incredibles 2 in Spanish) and 47 Meters down. The movies REALLY helped pass the time quickly. Movie day was followed by a dance party complete with strobe lights on the bus where Joshua had to tell us to sit down… multiple times…. but we were having fun! Great way to close the ride:)
Click here for a movie of us on the bus: IMG_1618.TRIM
Once at Quito, after dinner, we got our phones back! It was precious to see the smiles on my peers’ faces when they saw all the messages from their friends saying how missed they were. Our flight from Quito to Houston was delayed so we got time to chill out and savor the last night together. However, this did cut our time for our flight from Houston to Chicago to down to 45 minutes for customs/baggage reclaim/security/arriving at gate. Very close!
Our journey through the airports has been long and a little bit frustrating, but we made, even if we did have to sprint to Gate C36 in Houston. I am coming to you now on our way home from Houston looking back on this trip with a golden heart. When we first arrived in Quito and met PCs Alex, he said “we are going to change your life in 2 weeks.” I said no, I don’t believe you. I am happy to say that I am wrong.
Global Glimpse has given us an entire new outlook on life. This trip had so many lessons built into the curriculum and taught them in the best way possible. I know I can speak for my peers when I say I am blessed to be a Glimpser.
Yes, Becca, you made me cry. My reflections:
We parents have posted through the blogs how proud we are of you and how much we missed you while you were gone. How we couldn’t wait for you to come home. Now you have come back to us different people, better people for the experiences and lessons you will carry with you the rest of your lives. Yes, you are Glimpers! No one will ever be able to take that away from you. It’s now up to you to decide what you will do with it. You may put it to work right away as Global Glimpse ambassadors at school, maybe joining a local youth group, signing up for mission trips at church, joining a club at school that you had never thought of before. Maybe you’ll put it away for a couple years and become involved in college, maybe you’ll be counselors like Jess, Kim Joshua, and Alex when you are older (Thank You again!!) Who knows what your futures hold (sanitation engineers, philanthropists, builders, mountain climbers, or “just” parents who instill global awareness in their children. . . This adventure, these experiences will play a roll in all of your future decisions. Embrace it! Own it!! Journal on it (you know I had to!!) — I am so excited to see where life will take you! Stay in touch, nurture these bonds, support each other. You know it’s a Big world out there, you need all the friends you can get. Nobody else on earth can claim this experience, it’s all yours. Own it, Glimpsers, nurture it, keep it alive! Welcome Home!!!!
Welcome home everyone!
What you experience in Ecuador will always be a part of your lives. Zarmani I’m so proud of you. Love Grandmommie?