Thank you so much to everyone for their donations: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! You all actually raised about $1,400, way over what I anticipate needing for my trip :) All leftovers will be donated towards re-building one of the schools in the area that I will be working. I will post any updates on that as soon as I get it.
So this past weekend I had the pleasure and good fortune of being reunited with two of my very close colleges girlfriends in San Francisco. Not only was the company great, but the amazing good weather in San Francisco was incredible. It made me appreciate SF a lot more than I have so far. I think what else made me love SF more than I used to was that our host actually planned activities near her home in Marin County, not in the city. The green landscape was breathtaking, to the point I found it difficult to keep up with the conversation going on in the car.
So I think I was pretty productive this week in making things happen. First of all, I took care of my passport issue. A really was hoping that I wouldn’t have to send in my old passport by just saying that I had “lost” my old one, but in that case I had to provide a certified copy of my birth certificate. I didn’t have the energy to even look into how long it would take to do that, so I made copies of the pages in my old one (yeah, it might be lame, but I kinda like having all the stamps in my passport of the places I’ve been to…), and shipped it away hoping that I’ll get it back after they process everything and punch a whole in it. So, I had to pay the passport fee, an expedited fee to make sure I get it back on time, and you have to pay for them to ship it back to you via express mail, which means it came out to about $160.00. On top of that, I had to pay $18 to send it overnight express and tracking, to make sure it gets to where its going. *sigh*
It’s no secret that bankruptcy law wasn’t exactly what I set out to do. With that said, it’s been a much more enjoyable road than I had imagined. In the last couple weeks there have been several events that make me enjoy my job more than I thought I would. I hadn’t realized that practicing bankruptcy law had some similarities with the general public interest job I wanted to do: you can help people. I know some have issues with the idea that people can even file bankruptcy, especially when people max out their credit cards and then can have their debt wiped away and not be held responsible for their actions. I agree there are people who take advantage of the system. But I also think there are many people who are in need of this system in order to get things back on track, and who had never though they would ever be filing for bankruptcy.
So in gratitude for all of those who are donating for my trip to Haiti, I will try to regularly update how my planning process is going. Once I get to Haiti, I’m hoping I will have the time and internet access to keep everyone regularly informed.
So I found out about this group through a link an old college friend posted on his Facebook. A link to the exact same video I’m sharing with all of you today! Their name is Pate de Fua, and although located in Mexico City, I believe the members of the band hail from several different countries, including Argentina.
- Flight: $500
- Vaccinations and malaria pills: $300
- Shuttle and misc expenses: $200
- (going to Haiti and helping out: priceless!)
Alexandra M. Armstrong
Personal and Confidential
1010 W Chapman Ave, Suite 200
Orange, CA 92868