I am so excited to see posts popping up on the YakBoard, I’m getting antsy to meet you all and to start our incredible journey together. I have started brushing up on my Spanish and carrying my pack around in anticipation. I have been fortunate enough to travel to both Nicaragua and Guatemala with school trips and my family, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to return with all of you in a few short weeks!
My name is Lilianne, but everyone calls me Lili. I hail from Hillsborough, North Carolina, where I have lived for my entire life. I attended a small private school from age three until my graduation this past June. The curriculum was rooted in Quaker philosophy, meaning that integrity, simplicity, community, and the emergence of truth from silence were huge pillars of my education. I’m a bit of a theater nerd, but I also love Spanish, music, history, religious studies, plant biology, poetry, ceramics, and collage. I also regularly volunteer at Planned Parenthood and am involved in several local women’s rights organizations. I am also an avid gardener. I will be attending Colorado College starting this January, and have many ideas as to what I want to study. My hope is that this experience will give me a clearer idea as to what I want to contribute to the world.
Having gone to a private school for my whole life with many of the same people, I’m looking forward to being pushed out of my comfort zone by traveling with a group of people I have never met, and making meaningful connections that I hope will last a long time. I’m really looking forward to our trek through Los Cuchumatanes and our time on the shores of Lake Atitlan.
The thing that interested me the most about the Kixajo music video was how positive it was. I think that there is a tendency in American rap music for the tone to be very angry because the artists are often speaking out against oppression. Fernando Scheel y Poesía Loca could have very easily written a song depicting the horrific oppression of the indigenous population, but instead chose to write lyrics that celebrate Tz’utujil culture and their identity as Guatemalans.
I cannot wait to begin!