The course begins with a couple of days in
Milwaukee with traditional classroom instruction that includes some Spanish instruction and
then we travel to Mexico. We’re studying the effects of like acid rain
and air pollution on the ancient structures. The archeological sites are subject to corrosion
at the hands of the environment ah the air pollution has the effect of slowly eroding
the surfaces. If you find a line it’s five, so this one is twelve this one is eleven.
Our first destination is Mexico City. So after a couple of days there we take a first class
buss to Papantala. Veracruz. We go there because outside the town there’s a site called El
Tajin. After El Tajin we travel to Oaxaca. My favorite part has been Oaxaca, I think.
It was just great being in a different place and seeing the different ways people live,
I mean even the houses are different here. After Oaxaca, we fly to Ciudad del Carmen.
Most study abroad trips got to one city and here you go to five different cities. Finally,
after Ciudad del Carmen, we travel by bus to Palenque. My favorite thing so far about
the trip was hiking through the rain forest in Palenque and walking through like mudslides
and waterfalls and little streams with clear water is was gorgeous. The students not only
learn about the sites themselves but about the history, the culture, the anthropology
go the peoples that lived there. In addition, it’s also a research trip. Once it rains we
stand outside with the funnels and collect it. And once we do that we take PH strips
to test the acidity of the rain and once we get all of that data collected we go to a
website to try to figure out where the pollution came from. Meeting amazing people building
new friendships, like networking with other students and definitely just being in a whole
new environment, it’s inspired me. You can only get so much from a book. There are whole
other worlds outside of the United States. Like traveling just within the United States
doesn’t, it doesn’t cover it.