From the beginning of September until now, I have learned the valuable lesson of how to be mentally flexible. Also, as cliche as this sounds, I have learned that everything happens for a reason. This held especially true when I tore a ligament in my left knee while playing a pickup game of soccer (as lame as that sounds!). For example, I was supposed to go to Cuba for my gap year, when Hurricane Irma changed my plans. There ended up being a spot available for this trip, and thank god there was. At first, I had my doubts because I thought the ability to go to Cuba would be a rare opportunity, but when I met the group of Dragons, I am so happy that this turn of events led me to this amazing group. As we entered Guatemala and started to drive to the department of Peten, I noticed that Guatemala was more developed than Nicaragua. After hurting my knee playing soccer with the people of the town we were staying at, called Nuevo Horizonte, I ended up walking through the magnificent Mayan temples of Tikal even with my knee injury. I just could not miss the opportunity to visit arguably the most iconic mayan temples in the world. I spent the next morning going to the hospital with one of my instructors, Alan. We had a lot of fun going to the island of Flores together, having an amazing lunch, figuring out why tuk tuks, a mode of transportation in Guatemala, are called tuk tuks (because the name is the sound that a tuk tuk makes), and going in crowded public transportation vehicles. Not that I am glad that my knee is injured, but I was able to make a day out of it with one of my instructors, so if I hadn’t hurt my knee, I would not have had such a great day with Alan. Like I said, everything happens for a reason.