Ecuador Blog: Night before leaving

By: Caitlin Salvino
In less than 24 hours I’ll be on my third plane ride, traveling from Peru to our final destination: Ecuador. Tomorrow I have to be at the Pearson airport at 6:45 am for our first flight to El Salvador which leaves at 10:45. I’ll be in another continent over 5000 km away from home spending two weeks with 26 people from all across Canada and the U.S. who I’ve never met before.

Final picture in Canada at the Toronto Pearson airport before departure, 5 am. Caitlin Salvino (left) and Rebecca Wong (right).
Caitlin (left) and Rebecca (right) prepare for their journey in Ecuador.

Final picture in Canada at the Toronto Pearson airport before departure, 5 am. Caitlin Salvino (left) and Rebecca Wong (right). Provided

By: CAITLIN SALVINO

Thursday, July 4, 2013

In less than 24 hours I’ll be on my third plane ride, traveling from Peru to our final destination: Ecuador.  Tomorrow I have to be at the Pearson airport at 6:45 am for our first flight to El Salvador which leaves at 10:45.  I’ll be in another continent over 5000 km away from home spending two weeks with 26 people from all across Canada and the U.S. who I’ve never met before.

A year ago when I decided to go on this two week trip to Ecuador with Me to We, I really didn’t understand how big a trip I was signing up for.  The reason I signed up was because I wanted to see true poverty for the first time.  I have spent over six years of my life fundraising thousands of dollars for various charities and sending the money off, having a very vague idea of where it was going and who it was helping. But now that I’m departing on this trip tomorrow, I can honestly say I have no idea what I’ve gotten myself into.

I’ve spent the last two days packing my 60L hiking backpack and that alone was a wake-up call about how different the next 15 days will be from my regular life.  Along with my steel toed boots I have six shirts, three shorts, two pairs of pants, a sleeping bag and a few other basic items.  Despite packing so lightly my bag is still EXTREMELY HEAVY; I never knew such little items could weigh so much.

I’m extremely nervous about this trip and I have no idea why.  I love camping, travelling (minus a fear of flying) and being independent – so I really shouldn’t be. I’ve always known exactly who I am, where I want to go and how I will do it, but recently I’ve lost touch with some of those aspects of my personality.  I hope that through this trip I not only get to touch the lives of others, but I hope to have my own life touched by the experiences I gain, the people I meet, the food I taste, and the work I do.

As I said before, I have no idea what I’m getting myself into for the next 15 days.

– Caitlin

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