And So the Adventure Begins!

A big hello to the blogging community, Internet, and world!  As the sole owner of this domain, allow me to be the first to introduce you to Clear to Roam, a blog dedicated to feeding the relentless curiosity about our global surroundings as we all make our way across this amazing planet.  If you’ve arrived at this first post, thank you for clicking the respective link that got you here, and I sincerely hope you’ll stick around as this front page begins to fill with text. In a few days I leave the United States to begin working a second stint in Urubamba, Perú, a quaint little town located around an hour north of Cuzco, the historic capital of the Incan Empire.  Nestled between the walls of the Sacred Valley, an area considered to be the old nucleus of the Incas, Urubamba is a fascinating place brimming with cultural activity and historic significance.  The rituals of the past are tied with the present more so than any other place I’ve been, the spirit of their ancestral background continuing to live through them with a modest purity.  For all the beauty the Sacred Valley holds, poverty has become an unfortunate reality throughout its various municipalities.  In many instances, especially farmers living on the outskirts of the Valley’s heart, citizens are getting by on as little as $20USD per month. This need for assistance is the void my position is hoping to fill.  I work as a Staff Leader co-managing various community service projects and leading program participants on excursions.  I love the work I do; I get to learn about an absolutely mesmerizing culture, I have a leadership role that enables me to teach, and I’m able to help a community that needs it.  It’s utterly exhausting being responsible for teenagers as they work and travel in a far out country, but it always challenges me, pushing me to be the best possible version of myself. I return to Urubamba rejuvenated, inquisitive, and fueled with a ferocious motivation to do all that we can while down there.  I am so excited to share this journey in my life with all of you out there interested in listening; I am nothing short of astounded by what I observe there, and I hope to pass on that same bewilderment and magic I feel to you. Please feel free to send me any comments, feedback, or questions!  Don’t hesitate to reach out.  Thanks again for reading and I look forward to hearing from you!

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