Where am I Going?

May 22, 2018





Where am I going? My body feels heavy, and by all external accounts it looked to be around 6:30 am. The sun is still fresh, the shops around me mostly closed, and the crowd waiting to greet loved ones carry thermoses of coffee. My internal clock registered closer to 11:30 pm, distorted by a 12-hour plane ride. The pack on my back is heavy, and I am unused to wearing it. I need to get to the bus station – my journey is only half-complete. Half complete, though, meant I had made it! I was in Ecuador, visiting Latin America for the first time in my life.

I visited Ecuador in April of 2018, following a strong calling to visit. The non-profit that I work with, Bosque Medicinal, is based in Ecuador, and I wanted to see our conservation projects first-hand, to experience first-hand with the nature that we are working to conserve. What I didn’t realize at the time was how transformative and powerful an experience this would be. This blog will retroactively follow my journey as I become fascinated by giant spiders, fall in love with a tree, and discover self-development and growth along the way. I’ll be sharing my thoughts and perspective on the environment and our impact on it, both positive and negative. I’ll be commenting as well on how I see the strands connect between our modern, generally urban lives, and the beautiful world that we exist with. 

Co-Founder, Forest.ink

Erik Liepmann