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Reflections of the Journey..

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Was it really only just over 48 hours ago that we left Porto Alegre? We were all sitting in the airport, pretty much all of us were feeling ready to return to our own lives, to see our families and friends.  Sure we were going to miss all our new friends, the experiences that we'd had... the eight days in Brasil had altered all of our lives.  Some of our perceptions had been changed, we'd realized how alike we were even though we were half a world apart, after our time there, our differences were so much less.





On our last morning, we'd had breakfast and left our mark in the Hostel, our group had been there and we wanted to be remembered.  Most of us had slept little the night before in hopes that we would sleep on the almost 10 hour flight that was coming up as we flew from Rio de Janeiro back to Atlanta.  There was air of sleepy, anxious and sadness all around.  We'd had an amazing adventure...
We went and had a final lunch at the ACM, some of the kids were tired of r…

as the journey begins to end....

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In eight hours our first flight will lift off from Porto Alegre... was it only a week ago that we were landing here, feeling apprehensive and a bit scared of this new adventure we embarked on? Can it really be just that short of time.  A week ago, it felt like today was very far away, it felt like we were never leaving and home was not going to be seen again for a very long time... over the last two days I have heard so many times can't we stay another week, do we really have to leave on Tuesday.

The past three days (wow, has it only been three days?) has been a whirlwind.  Saturday morning we boarded a bus for a two hour trip into the mountains here in Rio Grande Do Sul, we were headed to the camp in Canela, RS, it was definitely Brazil, but so very different from Porto Alegre.

My European heart fell completely in love with the mountains, the architecture, the feeling up there in those chilly (okay - that is definitely an understatement... brutal cold).  Our hosts were so charmi…