Remember, perspective can cause two people to look at the same thing and see two totally different things. 请记住，观点可以让两个人看一件事然后看到了两种截然不同的事。
How was the Guatemala trip?
Lily: Yeah. So I also just mentioned, you also mentioned that you were quite sick, almost like most of your trip in Guatemala. So how was the trip Guatemala for you now you are back home for almost a month now, right?
Bella: Yeah, I've been back for a while. I wanted to go to Guatemala cause I went there in college for a study abroad and it changed my life. It was such a positive experience. But this time I went by myself first time traveling alone. I've traveled alone but on retreats to meet up with groups. But I was solo the whole time. First day I got there I got sick food poisoning or I might have accidentally had tap water. Who knows, maybe the ice throwing up. It
Lily: It is the welcome of Guatemala, everybody has to be sick. I had a goodbye gift the first time I was here. I had a goodbye gift, which I was having food poisoning on the last day.
Bella: Oh my God. Apparently a nasty one. Oh no, you've been there before.
Lily: I was in Guatemala six, six years ago. 六年前我来过危地马拉。
Bella: Oh my God, how interesting. And I went 10 years ago. It's funny how it brings people back.
Lily: Yeah, definitely. 就是啊。
Bella: It’s also Lake Atitlan where we were is also known to be a vortex if you've heard.
Lily: And you told me that. Yeah, I like that idea.
Bella: Well I felt like it is because the energy felt very intense. I was feeling everything at a higher level, more strongly, more intensely. And I think that that's part of me getting sick. I think I was releasing something. I needed to purge some energy that was trapped in me because despite getting sick and having such a hard time, I did feel like a new person after the trip.
Lily: Amazing. You did the perfect advertising there. 好棒啊。你甚至为危地马拉旅游做了完美的广告。
Bella: <laugh>. Yeah, sometimes we need to learn lessons hard in harder ways. Sometimes they're more valuable that way when we learn them through going through something because I feel much stronger after having that experience because I feel like I can survive anything now. Because being alone in a place where there's not a lot of people, there aren't many stores. I was on a very small, small village away from
Lily: Santa Cruz. 圣塔克鲁兹。
Bella: Santa Cruz, yes. And there were no markets. Everything closed at five. There was no one at my Airbnb. It was the off season. So there weren't a lot of travelers and I was dying. It happened three times I got sick and finally I just said, I'm gonna go home. But I do, I felt like I survived some epic challenge or I just went through Survivor being on that show.
圣塔克鲁兹，是的。而且没有市场。一切都在五点关门。我住的 Airbnb 民宿也没有其他人。因为正临淡季。所以没有很多旅人，我都快死了。我生病了三次，最后我只好说，我要回家了。但以我回家了，我觉得我在某种史诗般的挑战中幸存下来，就好像我刚刚经历了那个实境秀“幸存者”一样。
Lily: <laugh>. Wow, nice. So how's the life back since you got back to Los Angeles? You said that it was a lot of energy here, but is it changed since you got back?
Bella: Well, something interesting happened and it's the same thing that happened the last time I visited Guatemala. I came back with this new appreciation for life and for all of the amenities and conveniences that we have in a city like Los Angeles that you often take for granted. Because when you go off to a small village in a third world country and you see how other people live, it really puts things into perspective. And when I went 10 years ago, I had never really left the country. I had never been to a third world country. I was just in LA and I thought that's what the whole world was. I was in college at the time, I had a very, my mind wasn't as open. And then everything changed, everything shifted. I became so much more grateful, appreciated things that I had. I didn't take things for granted.
But so many years had passed by so you kind of forget the lessons, you start taking things for granted again. And then I went back and cuz I remember just not wanting to be in LA, not liking it, wanting to get out. When I got back, I saw it in a new light and I appreciated it more. I don't know if I'm gonna spend my whole life in LA, but I definitely saw it in a new light and appreciated every little thing. Not that Guatemala is not great because of the food, the people, the culture is amazing, but it's a very poor country. And when you see how other people live, you really appreciate everything that you have. So it was amazing to go back.
好吧，发生了一些有趣的事情，这与我上次访问危地马拉时发生的事情是一样的。我回来时对生活更加地感激，以及我们在洛杉矶这样的城市经常认为理所当然的设施和便利和拥有的所有，有了新的认识。因为当你去第三世界国家的一个小村庄时，你会看到其他人的生活，这真的会让你用正确的角度去看事情。当我 10 年前去的时候，我还从未真正离开过这个国家（美国）。我从未去过第三世界国家。我只是在洛杉矶，那时我认为这就是整个世界。当时我还在上大学，我的思想没有那么开放。然后一切都变了，一切都变了。我变得更加感激，感激我拥有的东西。我没有把事情当作是理所当然的。
Lily: That’s so true. Actually, six years years ago, six years ago I was here. I was brokenhearted because I just got cheated by my husband and I just wanted to do something that makes me feel good. And I was here building a bottle school with 25 people from all over the world. I was thinking that I was giving, but actually I feel like the people here was giving me, instead, I thought I was doing the good things for the community. But instead it's like the people they are, they give me a new perspective of life. And I was just like, oh, so appreciative. They don't have cell phone. And then they are like, don't make lots of money. They don't make money at all. And then they are happy. So just give me a new perspective. And then I didn't speak any Spanish, but that trip inspired me to learn Spanish. So now this time I’m back here is actually, I want to improve my Spanish and now I can speak more, communicate with the people here. I feel really appreciative. And just like you said, how a trip can really change you.
这是真的。其实六年前，六年前我就在这里。我很伤心，因为我的丈夫被我老公欺骗（出轨）了，我只想做一些让我感觉良好的事情。我来到这里和来自世界各地的 25 人一起帮忙盖了一所瓶子学校。当初我以为我在给予，但实际上我觉得这里的人在给予我，相反，我认为我是在为社区做好事。但相反，就像他们这样的人一样，他们给了我一种新的生活视角。我就是非常感激。他们没有手机。然后他赚不太多钱，其实他们根本不赚钱，然后他们很开心。所以请给我一个新的视角。然后我不会说西班牙语，但那次旅行激发了我学习西班牙语的灵感。所以这次回来实际上是，我想提高我的西班牙语，现在我可以说更多，与这里的人交流。我真的很感激。就像你说的，一次旅行真的可以真正改变你。
Bella: Yeah, exactly. I'm glad you had such a similar experience. I think everybody in the world needs to experience that. I remember the first time I came back, I couldn't stop talking about how I went into a house and they didn't have a floor. They lived with a dirt floor. And it is just such a small thing that you overlook every single day, like a floor. And some people just don't have it. They have dirt. More common than we think because we're not told this on a daily basis. It's not like we turn on the news and it shows all the poor people in the world that are struggling that and it's because of the corruption in their governments and things like that. We don't know what's really going on in the world. But when you go out and see it face to face, then it's really clicks and you realize how blessed you are.
1. retreats 度假静修（瑜珈、冥想）
2. food poisoning 食物中毒
3. vortex 涡轮
4. intense 激烈的
5. survive 存活下
6. epic 如史诗般
7. take for granted 将...视为理所当然
8. put things into perspective 用正确的观点看事情
9. cheat 欺骗 get cheated by 被骗 cheat on 出轨
10. appreciative 感恩的 appreciate 感激
11. dirt floor 土的地板
12. corruption 贪污腐败