Laredo Sister Cities Youth Committee meet ambassadors from all over the world
By Gustavo Guevara
The Laredo Sister Cities Youth Committee traveled to San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato by invitation from the Sociedad en Marcha in May of this year to attend their “XIII Encuentro Internacional de Convivencia y Hermandad Univesal.” This invitation included doing a student exchange where our students were hosted by students from San Miguel. The event is held every year in the month of May to promote universal brotherhood with their theme, “Sharing Cultural Richness with the World.”
A parade of 27 ambassadors and representatives of the participating embassies was also held along the historic route of San Miguel de Allende. The students had an opportunity to meet ambassadors from Russia, China, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Spain, Israel, Bosnia, Ireland, Ukraine, Libya, Haiti, Finland, Egypt, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Belgium, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Cuba, Honduras, Chile, Peru and Sahrawi Democratic Republic.
John Bernal: I, like everyone who was attending the trip, had mixed emotions. We were all excited, anxious, nervous, and scared. I guess you could say we were open-minded to going to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, but ultimately were still close-minded in the sense that we and our parents were scared. Little did we know that everything was going to change. Waking up that first morning brought a new sense of adventure and we were all excited; we knew that the next week was going to be full of new experiences, friendships, and discoveries. We met some students that were going to be hosting us and those friendships were probably some of the best ones ever built. Each and every one of them taught each and every one of us so much. Not only did we meet new students but we got to meet, walk, and eat with different ambassadors from all over the world. You would think it was impossible but in one week we all changed. I am proud to say I went on this trip and got to experience everything I did. I will say that it is sad that many of my fellow group members were not allowed to go on this trip due to the fear of danger, but now it is up to us, the students that were allowed to go, to speak of this trip and spread all the great things we got to experience. This experience was not only educational but inspirational and I recommend that all children, students, and adults make an effort to go out and explore the world. If ever given the opportunity, take it.
Sara Elsa González: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” –St. Augustine. I recently had the opportunity to travel to San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato with the Laredo Sister Cities Youth Committee. This trip definitely changed my life. It opened my eyes to experience the real world. When I found out we were taking a trip to Mexico I knew I couldn’t miss out! San Miguel de Allende was astonishing. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was a breathtaking city with amazing and warm-hearted people. I made so many new friends! I also had the opportunity to meet delegates from all over the world, from Israel to the ones from Libya. One of my favorite parts of the trip was the food. It was real and authentic Mexican cuisine. Every dish I tasted made my taste buds explode. This trip was an unforgettable experience. I made long-lasting friendships and met some incredible people. I am so thankful for being able to travel to the beautiful city of San Miguel de Allende. I can’t wait to go back!
Ricardo Rangel: In today’s society politicians for say, “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.” A quote in which some take for granted, but it’s exploited to today’s youth. Sister Cities of Laredo is one of the lemons from the tree. It is not like any lemon, it is the lemon. On our recent Youth Student Exchange, visiting the beautiful city of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato we experienced things that we as a group will never forget. We made ties between individuals one would have never met, such strong ties we are distant brothers and sisters. So much that we call their family, my family, even making second trips with our own family to visit them. Most importantly we shared each other’s background, culture, and way of life. We bonded with the city so much that in the future trade and commerce will go from their city to ours. Making our Sister Cities connection much stronger, and letting us go back to establish Laredo roots into the city of San Miguel. Sister Cities of Laredo, has allowed students like me, meet people from around the globe.