Shunning Illusions of Impossibility

Me, right before embarking on my six-month, solo cross-country road trip across America (April 2018).
With an Outward Bound trip in Costa Rica, I traversed the jungle with a group of other students (aged 16–18) from my high school during spring break in 2007. Over several days we hiked nearly two dozen miles through the rainforest, up mountainous, steep and often treacherous terrain. We camped under tarps and on muddy ground and stayed in homestays dotted throughout the jungle, including a local shaman’s open-air bungalow nestled within lush vegetation and a farmhouse where we ceremoniously killed a chicken and ate it for dinner. We made our way back to the homebase by whitewater rafting the river down the mountain.

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A writer and photographer living in Miami. Lover of reading, writing, photography, art, music, nature, philosophy, science and almond croissants.

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Jessica M. Castillo

Jessica M. Castillo

A writer and photographer living in Miami. Lover of reading, writing, photography, art, music, nature, philosophy, science and almond croissants.

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