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Congratulations Alex & Marko Ayling!
After 86 days, 1,250 entries from 115 countries, and 10 Finalists we are proud to announce the winner of The Biggest Baddest Bucket List!
My Destination is Galicia(see more entries for this location)
I will never forget that day. A young woman, who looked no older than 19, waddled into the clinic on a very hot, very slow Wednesday afternoon. Earlier that day, one of the nurses told us that we might witness a birth. So, when the young woman arrived, I was very excited to see her. I had never witnessed a birth before, and it's always something that I've wanted to watch. And the fact that I was in Africa made it that much better. The nurse escorted the woman to a room in the back of the clinic. There was one bare, metal table in the middle of the large, poorly lit room. It had only one dirty window and some strange machine in the corner. The woman skeptically climbed onto the uninviting table and tensely waited as the nurse prepared for the birth. After only ten minutes, the nurse was sitting on the woman, straddling her chest, pushing down on her stomach, and instructing us to pull the baby out! Immediately, I reached for the woman's hand while trying to "catch" the baby! (Have you ever held the hand of a woman giving a natural birth? I wouldn't advise it.)
A few minutes later, after a bunch of chaos and pushing, a small little head popped out. We all assisted in pulling out the shoulders and *bloop!*, out popped a little human being. I remember standing there, shocked, and admittedly, a tad nauseous. However, it was the most amazing thing I'd ever done. I helped to successfully bring a child into this life. I will never take that experience for granted. And I can only hope that, as I continue my journey, traveling across the world, I am fortunate enough to have many more unexpected, yet amazing experiences like that one.
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