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We have a visual

Day one was pretty uneventful in the van. Nico and John drove to Raton, New Mexico which was 12 hours from Omaha. Almost the whole time all my fellow classmates were sleeping except for Matthew. We had a blast dancing and having a good time with John and Nico. It seemed like we had to stop every hour for someone to use the restroom so it seemed like we were on the road forever.

The landscape was pretty barren but it was cool seeing the difference from Nebraska to Raton. On day two I was in Carol’s car which was a treat. I found out that she has some pretty decent moves. Besides our High School Musical dance party there was a lot of sleeping but I really enjoyed the scenery. I was very surprised about how green it is here in Nogales. We passed some really quaint little towns and also had a really good lunch at a authentic Mexican restaurant.

Hatch, Arizona
Hatch, Arizona

When we were driving into Nogales I couldn’t help but stare out the window. I am not quite sure what I was feeling inside. I do not think I was sad or happy but the realization that we are finally here and about to start this amazing documentary had me speechless.

It is currently 5 AM Monday morning as I am writing this and we have a busy day planned ahead. At 8 AM we are already off to Mexico to visit a women’s shelter and to get a feel for that side of the border. Then in the afternoon we have a presentation from our main contact down here and we are also interviewing her later in the day. I am beyond excited that we are finally here.  As we constantly say on our walkie-talkies, “eagle one to eagle two… we have a visual.”

Halfway there

I’m looking forward to a lot of things on this trip that will take place over the next two weeks. We’ve learned an amazing amount of things in the classroom this past week, and I’m ready to put everything that we have learned into practice to make this documentary.  We’ve all had some great people, I.e. Nico Sandi, Carol Zuegner, an Dr. John O’Keefe, leading us in this journey and helping us learn everything we need to know.

After a long day of traveling, I can guess that most of us are already pretty tired from having to sit in two 12 passenger vans for 11 hours all day. With another 11 hours to go tomorrow, we’ll probably be just as tired once we reach our destination! But it will be more than worth it once we get to start working on the film and get to hear the stories of those we’ll be interviewing, More to come once we finally make it to Arizona!

Relaxing in our room in New Mexico after a long day of traveling
Relaxing in our room in New Mexico after being on the road for 11 hours.