The last time I was in El Salvador I was 5. Almost 20 years later and here I am. I was having a lot of doubts and anxiety about going on this trip for several reasons. But the moment I got out that plane I felt giddy about being here, suddenly the stress was gone, along with the pain of a swollen foot and a swollen eye, none of it mattered. I was just overwhelmed with joy, that I just suddenly knew everything would work out, everything will fall into place like it always does. I took a nap, and woke up to a less swollen foot and eye. Then I hiked a long a volcano and ate my weight in pupusas. And if that’s not a great way to start a trip, I don’t know what is.