Follow the link to learn about the flooding in Iquitos – the Amazon´s largest city not accessible by road. Over 100,000 affected by the flooding in February.
Hopefully I will be able to bring you more news on the state of things out there and how we can help the communities affected.
So one of the first things I took the pleasure in doing parting from the near 800 strong Mexican staff and students from the IQUF 2012 in Paris, having a whole day to waste in the poxy Charles de Gaulle´s Terminal 3 and having lost touch with my most literate days after months of cramped thoughts, I picked up a book…
The book itself was an after thought. I had packed a few into my rucksack but this was left out until I decided to pack something also in my hand luggage. The book has been kicking around in my life for some years now. About 4 or 5 or since I first told my dad I had a dream to walk across Spain. Reading it now I realise he once fancied himself to be a little Laurie Lee, bounding across the countryside, breathing in the experience and flirting with the local girls.
Well I think I´ve learnt a little about us. I´m often worried at the fact that I might one day become more like my dad than I hope to, but I realise that I wish I had a little more of what he did when he was Laurie´s age (or younger, I think he was 17 when he began hitching across Europe).
Inside the book I found a small negative with what I think is my dad sat on the wing of an RAF fighter during his brief time with the Navy. It was unexpected and I´m glad he´s coming with me. My dad is often the devil´s advocate in my life. Whatever I might complain about he has a riddle for; however bad I think it´s gotten, he´s had it worse; whenever I´m at my wit´s end or facing a dilemma, he has a comment to make about the head that sits on my shoulders. And I think it´s because he knows it, and he doesn´t want me to make the same mistakes he has. Thank you. The sad fact is that I´ve begun to stop listening to people. Really listening to them. With so much to do and such little time to do it in, only I have moments spare for action and nothing else.
For sure, he hasn´t scaled MacchuPicchu or waded through the Amazon but listening to my dad know, through the book and through the time I´ve overlooked with him, I believe he´s still going to teach me some valuable lessons on this journey.
It´s been a rough few months and I can´t lie and say I´m not nervous. I´ve got a million worries and hesitations that I´m not sure really exist or not. I hope the next few months and the ensuing journey are going to give me the chance to become more of a man – lose my own ego and the flippancy with which I´ve come to lead my life with such little time. More than anything I hope to reopen my ears, hear the lost voices and lend a helping hand instead of trying to coax one . I can feel a change coming. I just hope everyone still recognises me when I come back. I love you all and I´ll miss you.
Saludos de Madrid xx
After hour late arrival home Mikey coaxed me to get the camera snap the beautiful dawn sky.
“Welcome to WordPress.com. After you read this, you should delete and write your own post, with a new title above. Or hit Add New on the left (of the admin dashboard) to start a fresh post.
Here are some suggestions for your first post.
- You can find new ideas for what to blog about by reading the Daily Post.
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Well thank you very much WordPress for stealing my intro. But the automated “Hello World” title is really quite apt for me at the moment anyway. And I´m not talking about my most recent attempt at posting a blog here, no.
Right now I´m in Madrid but tomorrow I´m flying half way round the world to Lima, Peru to begin working with Canadian NGO Operation Groundswell http://operationgroundswell.com/ . . . and it still hasn´t hit me.
The last few months have been a bit of a whirlwind getting my feet off the ground but I´ve learnt a lot. More about myself than I realised I had to but we´re not all as clever as we think we are unfortunately. Last night on a pub crawl in Madrid I had a schooling but I don´t think the lesson is over. I´ve got a huge adventure ahead of me, filled with responsibility, opportunity to help, and life lessons.
A couple of people have said to me so far that I won´t come back the same and I can already feel myself changing. Predictions and omens can come true depending on the atmosphere. Have you ever had a pathetic fallacy rain all over yuor head for example?
I have no idea what to hope and what to hold for this blog but let it be what it is: a way for the people I love to hear my voice from halfway round the world.