• Travel

    Travelling Through Customs Around the World

    I have done a fair amount of travelling abroad over the last few years, primarily in Latin America. Entering different countries is always an interesting experience. Customs can be daunting because there is always that chance that some obscure law or item you did not know you needed to declare will stop you from entering the country. For example, bringing Chilean wine in your suitcase when entering the U.S. while you are under 21. Just act casual. Here is a list of my experiences entering various countries: Mexico Pretty casual. I do not remember too much. It was the end of a long day of flying from Minnesota, that included…

  • Mountain Sunset

    El Paso Trip Part One: The Colonias

    It was a small trailer on a square piece of dirt. It certainly wasn’t what she had dreamed of when she had first come to the United States to stay with her mother, a citizen, but Soledad* owned the land and everything on it. Not ideal, but worth being proud of. Soledad had a quiet dignity that I had to admire. Serving us cookies from an old family recipe, she was insistent that she was the host and that we were her guests, reinforcing was Pastor Rosemary had told us before coming: With this service trip, we are here to learn from the people we talk to, not help them.…