Trying to survive without running water, people, or electricity
It might not seem like a 'Highlight', but this was a powerful learning experience... it was the hardest 6 months of the 7 years of freelance education. Although more simply put: The hardest experience of my life. Despite the hardships the trip was filled with amazing experiences that I wanted and needed. I think anybody can understand the experience of disconnecting from modern life and be in nature.
I call this part of my life:
"Back to the land, and back"
I Left for Guatemala with many ideals and I returned with many harsh realities. Life in nature is hard work! I always imagined it to be like being a forest monk. That is, going deep into nature to meditate and be etc. Since I am not a monk I had to learn that nobody was going to take care of me out there. To have been mentally and physically prepared for that experience was impossible coming from Palo Alto and Ada from Scandinavia (most modern place in the world). So naturally our experience was extremely challenging.