So…I’ve wanted to travel for some time now. America is supposed to be the “melting pot” of the world but ironically, I feel distant from other cultures. This may have something to do with the fact that I’ve been confined to the 104,100 square miles of rectangular familiarity that I’ve called home for the past twelve years; I think Colorado is a great state (mind you, I have no basis for comparison) with its breath taking view of the mountains and being home to a selection of alpine slides, but I know there’s much MUCH more to the world than hiking and half mile, downhill cruises.

On a larger scale, leaving the country would mean that I’m taking the first step towards becoming a “global citizen.” From the lyrics to “You Love Me Anyway”, a song by the Sidewalk Prophets, comes the title of this blog, which I think harmoniously yokes together the values of the Wandering Scholar with my understanding of what it means to be a global citizen. To embark on this fourteen day journey means that I must forsake nagging feelings of fear and skepticism so that I may arouse a desire to seek adventure and revelation. By accomplishing the community service project(s) that are ahead, I will only be getting a glimpse inside the wonderful world of humanitarianism. And surely, this is just the beginning.

After four months or so of anticipation and preparation the day of my departure has finally arrived. Today, July 13th, 2011, I’m leaving all I’ve known basically my entire life. To simply say that I’m “stepping out of my comfort zone” would be quite an understatement. It still feels surreal that an experience like this could have been tangible for me but tomorrow I’ll be on a plane to what I expect to be the most exhilarating and inspiring event of my summer and for that, I’ll always be grateful to the Wandering Scholar! Perhaps awe will succumb to enthusiasm once we land in San Jose. Although… I doubt it.

¡Hasta luego!