Mural in Coachella depicting Mexican/Mexican American/Chicano history in the United States.

Confronteras 2013: Day 5

This past February, eight Norte Vista High School seniors and four CLP young adult mentors traveled to the USA-Mexico for the Confronteras 2013 program. While we were there, the students took turns blogging and “vlogging” (video blogging) about their experiences.

For Day 5, Edith Belman blogs about our journey back home through Coachella and finally Riverside.

For more information about Confronteras, please visit: http://www.confronteras.blogspot.com/. You can check out all of our photos at: Confronteras 2013: Confronting the USA-Mexico Border

English

My name is Edith Belman and I am a student at Norte Vista High School. Today is the last day on this amazing trip and at BorderLinks. We started off the day by having to wake up early in order to leave BorderLinks by 7:00 am. Everyone was tired from the night before and we were all exhausted physically and mentally. Some of us went to sleep 12 in the morning and slowly the rest went to sleep at later times, some even only had 2 hours of sleep. Before we left, we all got in a circle and we gave thanks to Maricruz and Austin (our guides from BorderLinks and HEPAC who are two of the most amazing people we have met in our lives). We were sad to leave them but we were happy to have met them and to have experienced such a powerful trip.

When we were in the cars and left, the youth were asleep and some were even asleep for 4 hours until lunch. We ate outside of a super market in the parking lot which was a funny site. We were all awake from the food and the stories that one of our youth leaders was telling us.

Our last meeting that we had planned for the trip was at a carne asada at a park in Coachella with great people from the community and the group Culturas Music-Arts who also showed us the mural that they had the history of the Mexians. It was a great way to end the trip.

The trip was a powerful life changing blessing that we all were destined to experience. We all have our own different stories as to why we went on the trip but also had a similar reason as to why we were there. We are ALL sons and daughters of immigrants, and we live our parent’s dream of working hard and being able to give their children a chance to have a life that they were not able to have when they were growing up which is the “American dream”. We feel like we are blessed to be able to have the life style that we do but it is bitter-sweet because we also know that we didn’t do anything to deserve such a privilege. That is something hard to realize because we saw not everyone is as lucky, but, we now recognize how much we can and will take advantage of. We also have stories to tell to our family, friends, and the community.

We began the trip as friends and ended as a family, ready to make a change, slowly but surely. This isn’t the last time you will hear from Child Leader Project, HEPAC, BorderLinks or Confronteras.

 

CLP youth standing in front of Coachella mural.

 

Spanish

Mi nombre es Edith Belman y estudio en la escuela secundaria Vista Norte. Hoy es el último día de estar en este viaje increíble y en BorderLinks.Empezamos el día al tener que despertar temprano para dejar BorderLinks alas 7:00 am. Todos estaban cansados de la noche anterior y nos estábamos agotados física y mentalmente. Algunos de nosotros fuimos a dormir a las12 de la mañana y poco a poco los demás fueron a dormir más tarde, algunas hasta sólo tenía 2 horas de sueño. Antes de irnos, todos estuvimosen un círculo y le dimos gracias a Maricruz y Austin (nuestros guías deBorderLinks y HEPAC que son dos de las más increíbles personas quehemos conocido en nuestras vidas). Estábamos muy tristes de dejarlos pero nos quedamos encantados de haber conocido a ellas y poder  tener una experiencia de un viaje tan poderoso.

Cuando estábamos en los coches y nos fuimos, los jóvenes se quedaron dormidos y unos se durmieron por 4 horas hasta el almuerzo. Comimos a fuera de un supermercado en el aparcamiento, que era un sitio divertido. Todos estábamosdespiertos por la comida y las historias que uno de los líderes de nuestra juventud nos estaba contando.

Nuestra última reunión que habíamos planeado para el viaje fue en una carne asada en un parque  en Coachella con la mejor gente de la comunidad y de Culturas Music-Arts que también nos mostró el mural que tiene la historia de los mexicanos. Fue una forma genial de acabar el viaje.

El viaje fue un poderoso cambio de vida, una bendición que todos estuvimos destinados a tener. Todos tenemos nuestras propias historias, todas diferentes, pero también tenían una razón similaren a por qué fuimos en el viaje. Todos somos hijos e hijas de inmigrantes, y vivimos el sueño de nuestro padres de trabajar duro y ser capaz de dar a sus hijos la oportunidad de tener una vida que no podían a tener cuando estaban creciendo, que es el “sueño americano”. Nos sentimos como tenemos la suerte de poder tener el estilo de vida que hacemos, pero es agridulce porquetambién sabemos que nosotros no hicimos nada para merecer ese privilegio. Eso es algo duro para realizar porque hemos visto no todo el mundo es tan afortunado, pero, ahora reconocemoslo mucho que puede y será aprovechar. También tenemos historias que contar a nuestra familia, amigos y la comunidad.

Comenzamos el viaje como amigos y terminamos como una familia, listo para hacer un cambio,lento pero seguro. Esta no es la última vez que escucharán a Child Project Leader, HEPAC, BorderLinks o Confronteras.

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