Blessed

Trip Start Nov 01, 2010
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Trip End Feb 28, 2011


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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Location: Cochabamba, Bolivia (we are actually in Asuncion, Paraguay, just behind on the blog)
Km: 4692
Days: 21
Fernando's hair length: still bald

(VERSION EN ESPANOL DISPONIBLE)

Usually Fernando has the difficult task of writing our "weekly" articles, as I am in charge of the photography and films. This time, I feel inclined to write a few words, or more, about our journey thus far, taking the risk of not being able to understand what I have written when I am done. Unfortunately, the inspiration has arrived as we travel down a dirt road, plagued by mud and rocks of all shapes and sizes. (Yes, while we ride I am able to engage in all sorts of activities, such as: writing, listening to music, chewing coca leaves, flirting with Fernando, sleeping, among others.)

Our journey to this point can be described as amazing (is an understatement) for many reasons, yet two stand out among the rest:                                                                                                                                                                                                               First, there is something about a few of the places we have caught a glimpse of that have literally left us speechless, and they all have three elements in common:

1.       They are stunning, indescribably beautiful. At times, it is the combination of colors, reds, yellows, pinks and oranges in a hidden canyon or the lush green that seems to swallow us into the Bolivian mountains. (I wish I was more artistic, then I could describe eloquently the landscape with the exact names of colors, instead of: "It was really green…" luckily most of you don't read our blogs ;)

2.       Coincidentally, these unique places have come on the hardest days, as if one had to deserve to arrive, had to suffer the distance to be granted permission to admire  greatness. So often, we find ourselves saying, “despite it all, it was worth it”.

3.       Strangely enough, we have been unable to register through photograph and video these scenes, precisely at these moments the battery of our little camera runs out, isn't it funny how life works! (more often than not, the towns we visit do not have electricity).

Second, I am overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness we have received along the way. I cannot even begin to narrate all the stories of people opening their homes to us. Some have fed us, like the lonely mother, Ana, with two children in the middle of nowhere. Ana suggested we set up our camp next to her bed, 4 pieces of wood lifted a foot above the dirt ground out in the open, said that farther away there were lots of "bichos", like tigers, scorpions, and such. She owned two spoons and two cups, yet offered us fresh goat cheese, milk and corn, while eating with her bare hands. (We obviously gave her our spoon and cup as a gift).  Others have taken care of me when ill. Such was the case when La China (18 years old), her deaf-mute mother and mentally ill friend spent their day at my bed side. Or when Alex, who found us stuck in the absolutely insane traffic in Lima, went out of his way to guide us out, even if it was an hour out of his way. More recently, we entered the Paraguayan border, absolutely shattered at 10 pm and headed to the customs office. Perhaps the officer felt such pity for our poor state or perhaps he is simply kind, nonetheless, he signed our documents, provided us a camp site within the office perimeter, fed us 3 times (included wine) and allowed us to shower the times we wanted, the temperature in the Paraguayan Chaco reaches 45 degrees. And the stories continue…

We are undoubtedly blessed to encounter such generosity.  I can firmly state that those that have the least, are the ones that have given us the most. “Given” in general terms, because along with information, food, water and shelter, they open up and often tell us the stories of their lives. Many have cried as they remember the pain they have endured, the struggle that their lives have meant; nonetheless, still have so much to offer two complete strangers.


MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone, thank you for your wishes! We read all your comments and certainly feel accompanied on this amazing journey!


VERSION EN ESPANOL

Realmente estamos en Asuncion, Paraguay, 26/12/2010, estamos atrasados en el blog.

Fernando usualmente tiene la difícil tarea de escribir los artículos semanales, siendo yo la encargada de las fotografías y videos. Esta vez, siento que quisiera escribir unas pocas palabras, o más, sobre nuestra aventura hasta el momento, tomando el riesgo de no poder entender lo que he escrito cuando haya acabado. Desafortunadamente, la inspiración llega mientras viajamos por un camino de tierra, plagada de barro y rocas de todas las formas y tamaños. (Si, mientras que manejamos puedo entretenerme con todo tipo de actividades, como: escribir, escuchar música, mascar hojas de coca, coquetearle a Fernando, dormir, entre otras.)

Nuestro viaje hasta este momento puede ser descrito como increíble por muchas razones, sin embargo, dos resaltan entre los demás.

Primero, hay algo sobre algunos de los lugares que hemos visitado que nos han dejado, literalmente, sin palabras y estos tienen tres elementos en común:

1.       Son imponentes, indescriptiblemente hermosos. En momentos, es la combinación de colores: rojos, amarillos, rosados y anaranjados en un cañón oculto o el verde exuberante que aparenta tragarnos dentro de las montañas bolivianas. (Me hubiera gustado ser más artística, para tener la habilidad de escribir elocuentemente el paisaje con sus nombres exactos de colores, en vez de: “Fue muy verde…” por suerte muchos de ustedes no leen nuestros blogs ;)

2.       Coincidentemente, estos lugares únicos han llegado en los días más difíciles, como si uno tenía que merecer llegar. Tenía que sufrir la distancia para ser otorgado el permiso para admirar grandeza.  A menudo, nos encontrábamos diciendo: “A pesar de todo, valío la pena.”

3.       De manera extraña, no hemos podido registrar por medio de la fotografía o video estos escenarios, precisamente en estos momentos, la batería de nuestra pequeña cámara acabó. No es chistoso como funciona la vida! (en general, los pueblos que visitamos no tienen electricidad).

Segundo, me siento abrumada por la generosidad y amabilidad que hemos recibido en el camino. Me demoraría páginas en narrar todas las historias de las personas que nos han abierto las puertas de sus casas. Algunos nos han alimentado, como la madre solitaria, Ana, con sus dos hijos en el medio de la nada. Ella era dueña de dos tazas y dos cucharas, sin embargo, nos ofreció leche y queso fresco de cabra y maíz, mientras que comía con sus manos. (Obviamente le regalamos nuestra taza y cuchara). Otros me han cuidado cuando estuve enferma. Este es el caso de La China (18 years años), su madre sordo-muda y su amigo mentalmente discapacitado, quienes pasaron su día a lado de mi cama. O cuando Alex, quien nos encontró atrancados en el tráfico, absolutamente demente de Lima, nos guio fuera de la cuidad, aunque esto implique que se desviaba una hora de su camino. Y las historias continúan…

Puedo afirmar que aquellos que menos tienen, son los que más nos han entregado. “Entregado” en términos generales, porque entre información, alimentación, agua y techo, también nos han compartido las historias de sus vidas. Muchos han llorado cuando se acuerdan del dolor que han perdurado o la lucha que esto ha significado, sin embargo todavía tienen tanto que ofrecer dos extraños.

 
FELIZ NAVIDAD!!!
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Comments

Carolina on

Feliz Navidad chicos! Les deseamos todo lo mejor.
We see that you are living an amazing dream. Un abrazo and mucho love,
Caro y Frank

el inbancable on

Feliz Navidad mi amigos!!! Desde la distancia les envío un fuerte abrazo. Sigan disfrutando del viaje al máximo
Gracias por las fotos y los videos. Están geniales...

Ben on

Merry Christmas Prima. Love you lots and hope you're riding the adventure to it's limits!

Annalee on

Hello darling friends! The pictures are amazing and the tales tell it all! I am so proud and inspired by your mission and journey.
Feliz Navidad!
Un besote-
Annalee & baby Quinn & Brandon

aunt Maria and uncle Rick on

Dear Peggy and Fernando,
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. We had a great time at your mom and dad's yesterday.We missed you both.Enjoy your Holiday and may the Dear Lord bless and take care of you always.

Felipe Bautista on

Feliz Feliz navidad!! Nos alegramos que estén bien y que compartan su viaje con nosotros a través de este blog. Les admiramos, queremos mucho, y les deseamos todo lo mejor del mundo.

Ginger on

Love this entry. Amazing the things we experience and learn when we walk among God's people and His creation. Lucky duck.

momstoyell on

You are certainly blessed by God! I am sure that these people that have crossed your path will never be forgotten by you. Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year! I love you! Nana

aunt liz on

what an amazing journey...did you see the photos of your mom and aunt mary preparing for their usa journey on my facebook page?
HOPE YOU HAD A MERRY CHRISTMAS!! AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Carmen Laso on

Hola mis queridos amigos, les deseo una Feliz Navidad, y les felicito por el hermoso viaje que están haciendo y la experiencias tan valiosas que comparten con nosotros, les cuento que el 10 de Enero tengo reuniòn con el comité de madres de familia me gustaría saber más o menos cuándo piensan regresar para planear las fechas del paseo. Un abrazo

Marcelo Morales on

Que hermosas historias chicos.... que mejor forma de pasar la navidad y el año nuevo. Nos alegramos que esten bien y sigan adelante........

Buena es.... varias cosas mientras Fer maneja....mmmmm vuela la imaginacion jajaja... disfruten chicos!!!!!

Abrazos

Loren (aka DrLorax) on

Feliz Navidad to the adventurers! Your stories and pictures are great. Thank you again for your generosity in sharing reflections of your journeys with us.

Salud to a fun and Happy New Year!

Peace to where you are right now, and to wherever you may be going, and going, and going...

One Love!

Mary Banasik on

Dearest Peggy,
I am sooo happy that these generous people were placed in your path to help you along your journey, and you are correct usually the people who have the least give the most. I know that this trip will be filled with many more priceless experiences and I will continue to keep you and Fernando in my prayers. Keep your posts (Fernando is doing a great job!) coming. Love, Hugs and Kisses Aunt Mary

Dabo on

Always enjoying to read your blogs... I especially like this one which reminds us of how beautiful this world can be... hope to hear more in the future about your encounters.

Alberto on

No de jo de sorprenderme con tan hermosa experiencia y ante tan majstuosa presencia Universal

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