The end of a journey/El final de un camino

[Version Español abajo]

As always, my first sentence is apologetic as yet again, I failed to keep our followers updated on all that happened on our voyage. I was pretty good with e-mail, though, just not with the website and I promise that when I finally stabilize a little (or at least get a more stable internet connection), I will update all media and post random memories of our travels. Fortunately I kept a daily journal so I don’t forget what happened along the way.

Anyways, back to the purpose of this post: the end of Pathforchange, at least for now (you never know what may come…a journey the other way around perhaps? one through Asia?…hmmm) is at hand. It has been an undescribably fulfilling journey and as I sit here in Buenos Aires, Argentina, just a few hours from my going away party, I can´t even begin to count the amazing experiences, people met, and cultures absorbed through our more than 60,000 kilometers on Chuleta and eight humanitarian projects (I missed the one in Peru so Pablo will have to fill you in on the details there) that gave the journey a true meaning beyond the travel aspect (that in itself has been obviously amazing as well). I will update all projects as soon as I organize myself a bit, but for now, I wanted to let everyone know that all is well on our end (Pablo and I are currently an ocean apart as he is continuing his travels in Europe as of a couple of weeks ago) and thank all of you who supported us whether through e-mails, phone calls, or even through your good thoughts and best wishes.

What’s next is the obvious question now. The answer, however, will have to be the topic of a later post. The future, nonetheless, is an exciting one and though the end of this journey is nowhere near being easy, I greatly look forward to taking the next few steps in a life now greatly impacted by the past 15 months in this beautiful continent.

And given that the most beautiful things on this Earth are not its landscapes, foods, music or other cultural expressions, but its people (by the way, to see a very small sample of the people in Latin America as seen through my camera’s lens, please go to http://picasaweb.google.com/giraldos/LatinoamericaYSuGente#), I hope to see you all sooner rather than later so don’t lose touch and always take care (so that I can actually see you!).

All the best!!
Santi

PS: Below you’ll find some of the final pictures of our Chuleta that never failed us. She’s in Montevideo, Uruguay, resting…for now.

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Como siempre, mi primera frase es para disculparme pues una vez mas falle en mantener a nuestros seguidores al tanto de nuestro viaje. Siempre fui bueno con el e-mail, sinembargo, solo que no con el website y prometo cuando finalmente me estabilice un poco (o por lo menos consiga internet mas estable), pondre al dia los elementos del website y escribire recuerditos aleatorios de nuestro viaje. Por fortuna mantuve un buen diario de lo que hicimos asi que no olvidare facilmente los detalles.

En todo caso, volviendo a la razon de este mensaje: el final de Pathforchange, por lo menos por ahora (nunca se sabe que ocurrira en el futuro…un viaje de sur a norte capaz? uno por Asia? hmmm….), ha llegado. Ha sido un camino indescriptiblemente llenador y al estar aca sentado en Buenos Aires, Argentina a unas pocas horas de mi fiesta de despedida, no puedo ni empezar a contar las increibles experiencias, gente conocida y culturas absorbidas durante los mas de 60,000 kilometros en Chuleta y ocho proyectos humanitarios (yo tuve que faltar al de Peru asi que Pablo les tendra que contar los detalles) que le dieron un sentido mas alla del “pasear” (que en si fue increible obviamente). Obviamente tendre que poner al dia la informacion de los proyectos apenas me organise un poco pero por ahora queria que supieran que todo va bien de nuestro lado (Pablo y yo estamos separados por un oceano desde que siguio sus viajes en Europa hace un par de semanas) y agradecerles a todos por su apoyo durante el camino con sus e-mails, llamadas o simplemente sus buenos pensamientos y deseos.

¿Que sigue? es la pregunta obvia ahora. Sinembargo, su respuesta tendra que ser el tema de otro mensaje. El futuro, no obstante, es bastante emocionante y aun si el final de este viaje esta lejos de ser facil, tengo muchas expectativas y ganas de tomar los proximos pasos en mi vida, hoy fuertemente impactadas por los ultimos 15 meses en este hermoso continente.

Y como lo mas lindo en esta tierra no son los paisajes, comidas, musica y demas expresiones culturales sino su gente (por cierto, si quieren ver una pequeña muestra de la gente de latinoamerica vista a travez del lente de mi camara, vayan a http://picasaweb.google.com/giraldos/LatinoamericaYSuGente#), espero verlos un dia no muy lejano asi que no se pierdan demasiado y se me cuidan siempre (asi los puedo ver! ja!).

Suerte muchachones!
Santi

PD: Abajo encontraran algunas fotos de Chuleta que nunca nos falló. Esta en Montevideo, Uruguay, descansando…por ahora.

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~ by giraldos on May 24, 2010.

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