It was hard, and it was tough…but I have made it to Guatemala! And it has been non-stop since I arrived. Thank goodness I had a good night´s sleep last night…
I am writing from my Guatemalan partner´s home and computer–and having a little bit of difficulty typing since the keyboard is a little different…everything is in Spanish over here!
There are a total of 5 Caltech students, 4 Art Center students and 7 Landivar students on the trip.
So far, we have visited a Ixchal textile museum, visited the University, had many meals together and have spent the night at our partner´s home in Guatemala city. I am about to leave in about an hour to meet the rest of the group and leave for Antigua and visit the work sites in the villages.
I gotta go!—So here are a few pictures until I have more time to blog.
All right guys, I´m off to Antigua..we´ll post again soon!
After a year spent in “soft-lockdown” at home in Atlanta, and as Caltech students prepared to finally return to campus, I was aboard an eight hour flight towards Edinburgh, Scotland. Since my junior year plans were interrupted by the virus who shall not be named, I’m spending my first term of senior year studying abroad through the Caltech - Edinburgh University International Exchange program. I’ve only been here just over a week yet have been exposed to so many new people, perspectives, foods, and classes.
When the announcement was first made that fall term was going to be online, I started talking to friends and looking for places to live. We were debating locations around the country: California, Florida, New York, etc.. there were plenty of options. Then it suddenly hit me, what is stopping us from going to Hawaii, covid numbers were better and a two week quarentine would ensure that numbers stayed down… I proposed this to my friend and we agreed it would be an amazing experience, but we didn’t want to get out hopes up. A month or so later we still haven’t decided where to live, Hawaii seemed too far and too difficult to plan. But we couldn’t get the idea out of our heads. We spent some time looking into plane tickets, places to stay, etc… and it actually didn’t seem so impossible after all. A couple weeks later and we were arriving here on the big island!
I visited Amsterdam for a brief two and a half days during my vacation. There were a few landmarks and neighborhoods I wanted to checkout, but did not plan the visit in detail. As such, when it came down to destinations with ticketed entries, I had to skip most of them, since they did not have day-of tickets left for sale. Fortunately, I was able to walk around most of the city and it was generally a good time.