A huge hello to all the friends, family, acquaintances, UD students, distant facebook friends (lest I forget them)… and all others who have stumbled upon my new blog! My name is Joseph Zarraga, a Junior Biological Sciences Major at the University of Delaware. As some of you know, I traveled to Guatemala in July 2011 for a Medical Mission called “Now Is The Time,” hosted by Christian keynote speaker and songwriter Shawn Smith.
I am going to Guatemala again this year for a week, from July 15th to July 22nd. I intend to share all my experiences before, during, and immediately after through this blog.
This blog also aims to accomplish three additional tasks:
1. Damage Control: By actively updating this blog while on my mission, it’ll serve as proof that I am still alive in Guatemala to all those worrying about my current state and condition (IE my beloved mother, who took much convincing to go on my original mission).
2. Reminders And Memories: After last year, I discovered that something concrete is the only way to remember everything that occurs on trips like these. This may seem obvious… and it is - as that is the whole reason why we take pictures at milestones in our lives. But on a journey in a different country - a medical mission in a third world country - there is so much that happens in such a short week. A combination of mixed emotions, culture shock, and sheer differences between our worlds… you tend to forget small details until you relive them through pictures or words.
3. Document My Experience In Guatemala: This is not only for my own benefit, but also to serve as a token of appreciation for the generosity of the University of Delaware Honors Program, who have assisted greatly in funding my trip. It is because of their kind donors that I am able to visit Guatemala once again.
At the time of me typing this - June 18th - there are 27 days until I depart for Guatemala. I will try to keep this blog interesting for people to read… although I literally have no idea what I am doing. Although being a complete nerd… I’ve never used my 5 year old twitter (where I have an impressive 2 followers), the format of Google+ have my head in circles (terrible pun), and I still have no idea why I keep getting notifications on FB from Instagram, Classmates, and that farming game thing.
So, despite my lack of experience of “blogging,” I’ll try to keep this spontaneous, organic (for lack of a better word), and true to what actually goes on in my mind, at least regarding Guatemala. So for what it’s worth, I hope some this blog provides some enjoyment, even if only for a few (my parents HAVE to like my stuff, right?). Thanks again for taking the time to visit my blog, I hope you continue to do so. Welcome!