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Ushuaia to Santiago
Jan 2012 - May 2012
Santiago to La Paz
May 2012 - Aug 2012
La Paz to Panama C
Aug 2012 to Nov 2012
Panama C to Phoenix
Nov 2012 to Feb 2013
Phoenix to P Rupert
Mar 2013 to May 2013
P Rupert to Deadhorse
May 2013 to Jul 2013
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Distance to Date: 5060 km, 3137 miles
We have arrived in Salta, our final stop in Argentina. From here, we will head north to Bolivia. Salta has a very European feel to it with its huge, colonial-style buildings, cobblestone streets and mountain vistas. We took a day to enjoy the layback feel of the town.
The next day, we headed to the Corina Lona School to visit with the students and teachers and share our adventure. It was a pleasure talking with them - this is the only school for blind children in the entire state of Salta. Some of the students study here all day while others are integrated in regular schools and come here for extra instruction, such as Braille, orientation and mobility, computer skills and of course, tutoring. Concepts like high-level math are difficult to grasp without visual explanations.
One of the common causes of blindness in this area is premature birth. The gas used in the incubator saves lives but destroys eyes. It's disheartening to think that these cases could be prevented, but such is life. Their spirits are high, and it's great to see such big smiles. The road for these students will be paved by themselves. Much of the technology and accessibility that are available in the States are simply too expensive to be within their grasp, but they make do with what they have, get help from a supportive community, and have a lot of tenacity. They are each an inspiration.
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