Well, as has been said, there is nothing wrong with a college graduate taking some time off b/f entering the real world. But, Jesus, I don't think that Gabe had any idea what he was getting himself into. Could things have gone any worse?!?! Didn't he get a hepatitis (sp) shot before he left? Was he not warned about crime in Latin America? At least he didn't try to trek through the Darien Gap b/t Panama and Colombia. He'd likely be a dead man now if he'd tried that, with all the guerillas and drug runners in that area.
I hope he can resume serious training now. I wonder if his heart is still in it now, though.