As I walked into the gates at...
As I walked into the gates at the University of the Holy Spirit, Kaslik, I felt quite nervous and I didn’t know what to expect heading into a new country, with a group of people I had never met before. This feeling did not last very long. During the trip, I fell in love with Lebanon, its rich culture, history, landscape and people. One of the highlights of the trip was hiking through the Qadisha Valley, meeting a Maronite hermit and spending time in the beautiful mountainous regions. I have established a deep connection with Lebanon that is already calling me back for next summer.
By the end of the trip, the Maronite Academy group felt like family to me. I now have a new family, spread all over the world: a family that extends all the way to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico, USA, Canada, South Africa, Italy, Australia and of course Lebanon. I intend to visit all of them in the future. I cannot wait for many more adventures in Lebanon with these people.
I would like to thank the Maronite Academy for this opportunity, because without the Academy I would never have known what I was missing out on. The Maronite Academy has opened my eyes to a whole new world, and a community I will feel a part of for the rest of my life.
I was very sad to leave Lebanon and the lovely people I met there. I would highly recommend this trip to any person who has Lebanese background and a desire to connect with their culture. YALLA!