Having the courage to try something new
Well, I'm now back in the United States! We left July 26 from Xalapa and took a bus to Veracruz. On July 27, we left from the Veracruz airport. After we bought our tickets, I was chosen to be interviewed by a Veracruzana Spanish television station. They asked me what I liked about Veracruz and what special attractions it held for tourists. It was slightly amusing since both my stays in Veracruz were very short and I was sick with typhoid fever, but I managed to talk about the beaches and different cultural aspects.
Our plane was an hour late, so when we landed in Mexico City we had to run through the airport to change planes. Fortunately, we made it to the gate just as our plane was boarding. When we arrived in Newark, we discovered that although we had made it to the plane, our luggage did not. Luckily, Continental Airlines mailed it to us three days later!
The last two weeks were packed with studying for finals and collecting the rest of my research needed for my project. Now that I’m home the task of translating all of the papers is the real challenge! During the last week we also went to “Mix,” an interactive museum in Xalapa. It reminded me a lot of the Ben Franklin Museum in Philadelphia.
Also, since my birthday was on July 13, I went out with friends to a restaurant to celebrate, which was very fun. We also wrapped up our Salsa classes. During the six weeks we covered a bit of Merengue, Cha-Cha and Salsa. I also took Mexican guitar classes, playing everything from “Let it be” in Spanish, to La Bamba.
After the last day of classes the school rented out a salon at a hotel and hosted a huge goodbye party for all of the students, professors, and host families. Just like all good Mexican parties, there was food and lots of dancing! The party started early and didn’t end until almost 2 a.m. when everyone said their goodbyes.
(Vincent van Gogh)