I decided to write my final reflection in English so that we could have some of our follows that haven’t had a chance to experience my point of view on the trip can now do so. That was wordy. I think I’m better at this in Spanish haha. Well, we got to spend our last day in Antigua, which was a very long drive; I think everyone shares the same sentiment when I say that we won’t be taking another road trip or driving in Iowa for A WHILE!
After just about 80% of us getting sick in some way shape or form, we were ready to have our last day be relaxing and spent as tourists. OH MY GOODNESS. When we weren’t bombarded by people selling their products and creations in the streets, we were being looked at as foreigners, which for me, was a different feeling. During the previous parts of the trip, I always felt comforted by the fact that although I was from the US and lived a luxurious life (or so everyone thought), I was still able to speak with and connect on some level through my spanish. And ofr ht efirst time during this trip, although I identified as “other” in the US, comfortable walking through a Latin American country to which I had never been, I was being categorized as the “other”, the rich, white “other”. For me, this was a very strange feeling, it made this day a little bit difficult to enjoy in the sense that it was a very relaxing day for shopping (who does that?? go to a foreign country and “shop”. UGH. First world problems. Privilege…every other word that you can think of. Patriarchy).
After a day and night here, we gave our last reflections and decided that it was not up to us to “help”, but to walk with people that suffer and struggle. Because they are not helpless, and we aren’t saviors. They are our brothers and sister. We are all HIJOS of some struggle. And all that we can do is be there to walk with them in solidarity. That is why SOL is starting a new chapter at Grinnell for social and political activism called “Grinnellian Latin American Solidarity Society”. Add us on Facebook, more to come !!