I am currently reading this book about micro-financing in India calle"Banker to the Poor," by Muhammad Yunnus. It's eye opening and continues to make me think about the terrible poverty rut that rural communities struggle with. During my break, I happened to stumble upon this motivational quote that resonates with me:
"You are never given a wish without the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however." --Richard Bach
It is definitely something that I have kept in mind. Anyway, I was supposed to head off to Queretaro this morning but it ended up not working out. No matter, as i still had a productive day of getting through my book, homework, and preparing for an all day beginning of the year meeting in the mountains with a local conservation group here called Cuerpos de Conservación http://www.ccg.org.mx/. They focus on community and environmental development and also educating the community about resources and how to protect it. So you're probably asking how I found out about this. I was having my usual late night of studying and ended up chatting with another American who is working in development. He's working for Cuerpos de Conservación here in Guanajuato and invited me to this meeting. I'm stoked about the opportunity to meet with the main grant writer of the organization, a community assessment officer who is working on the San Marcos Project here, and project representatives who are supported by Cuerpos de Conservación and vice versa. The only thing I'm not stoked about is having to wake up super early again for the 8th day in a row ;) It's a tough life, my friends! hahaa...
Other than that, I've been looking forward to my upcoming week of travel. Marian and I are going to travel together again and we plan to start off in Puebla, about 7 hours south of here by bus. We will be leaving right after classes next Friday and just go with the flow. I know that I'd like to see Puebla, Veracruz, Acapulco, and Oaxaca City and it's just a matter of finding the time to fit in these cities in our short time. I will have to be back in León-Guanajuato by the 2nd of February so that I can fly back to the states on the 3rd. I still can't believe how fast time has gone by already and I am savoring every last bit of time I have left here.
I'm not sure what I am going to be doing once I return to the states, but my friend Becki says that I "fly by the seat of [my] pants." Good 'ol spontaneity...that's how I roll.
Next week may be a really pivotal week--my placement officer emailed me saying that she's reviewing files for my departure group and the anticipation is killing me! This great organization is forcing me to be patient :)
That's pretty much all I have for now.