Leaving the negative degree weather in Iowa to go to Guatemala began the excitement for the day. The early departure from DSM challenged the group to wake up early and load/unload our luggage in the freezing weather. The rest of the flights were an opportunity for me to nap and rest before we got to Guatemala. As a trip leader, I was always conscious of the whole group and making sure everyone was there and had all their belongings, but the group did a great job in staying together and always helping each other out. As we were landing in Guatemala City, I felt a bit of relief because we had all made it there after fall the preparations and planning that had gone into it and all the effort and dedication the whole group had put into learning and preparing themselves. It was finally a reality that we were in Guatemala.
The meeting with Jenny was exciting because we would finally see her after many skype sessions and meetings with her. An alumni of Grinnell, Jenny helped us plan this trip and is our coordinator during our stay. Meeting her, along with the rest of her team that will be taking us around and teaching us about Guate, was the start to our journey. The rest of the evening was filled with more introductions and reflections about what our presence in Guate means to us, to our community, and to the community we plan to learn more about. It took much work and effort to get to Guatemala, but with just the first evening here, I felt it was all worth it.