“During my work for the United States Air Force, I traveled the entire world. I was born in Bakersfield and grew up in Mexico, but after high school I decided to go back to the States. Since college is so expensive there, I decided to do something different. When my friend told me he was joining the Army, I became interested too. The first months of training were horrible, but I think it’s something every young person should do once in his or her life. After the training, I became part of the logistics staff in the hospital. I’ve worked everywhere: from Greenland and Iceland to Qatar and Korea. The advantage of the Air Force is that you work during the weekdays, so you’re free to travel around in the weekends. You just have to be available in case something goes wrong. When I was in Afghanistan, however, I worked 24/7. I’ve experienced the scariest situations. Big, strong men who entered the hospital screaming, broken bodies, organs sticking out. I have so much respect for surgeons now. Even when all hope is lost, they try to keep the soldiers – and the Afghani’s – alive. The work and the travels have made me a lot more world wise. One moment, rich South-Africans invite you to their barbecue and the next moment you’re helping poor people on the streets. Last September, I quit the Air Force. After ten years, I didn’t want to be a part of it anymore. You have to give up a lot, like relationships. Besides, the Air Force is very hypocritical. Their budget is low and their rank system unfair. Though I’ve seen the most beautiful places, there were lots of things I couldn’t do when I was traveling. Big Brother is always watching you. At the moment, I’m planning to open a hostel in Costa Rica. I want to work for myself and not be a slave to the system anymore.”

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