If you haven’t read about Saul Flores, you should. Flores, featured in the video above, is a Caldwell Fellow who’s walking from Ecuador to his hometown of Charlotte to raise money to help rebuild a school in Atencingo, Mexico. The NC State junior is keeping a blog — http://refiningthelines.com — and posting some beautiful photos. He checked in June 23 from Armila, a village in Panama:
The time that I spent in the community will be memories that I will never forget. This autonomous, independent community epitomized an indigenous culture living in a modern world, successfully. The village, filled with coconuts and fish, was able to sustain their way of life through the most efficient way of handling their natural resources. I have never seen so many people, concerned, aware, and willing, to balance and find a unity with nature.
Armila had no plastic products or waste from any fabricated materials. Everything on the island was either made from wood, plants, or any other natural products. It was fantastic. The people smiled and shined true joy, the children ran and played with true excitement, and the families lived as a whole. My time with these people made me realize how beautiful a simple lifestyle can be. It made me question my perception on ¨happiness¨, and many other values that I hold dear to me.