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Week 2: Guanajuato

I have greatly enjoyed my host family’s home in Guanajuato because it is close to everything in the city. My spanish classes are only a 5 minute walk from my home which means extra sleep!

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My home in México is different than my home in the US because my home here is a mixture of outside and inside. The hallways have opened spaces in which the beautiful city can be seen. On the top floor there is a terrace where you can get a spectacular view of the city at night.

A typical day in Guanajuato:

  • I usually wake up around 8:20 am to get ready for Spanish classes
  • My host mom then prepares a delicious breakfast to give me energy for the day( Example being delicious eggs with ham and a fresh, crusty bolio)
  • I then walk to my Spanish classes which are at the local university of architecture which takes around 5-8 minute
  • I then engage with my level 3 class where we discuss the topic of the week and ways to promote that topic. This can be done by going into the community or talking with our host families about other ways to be immersed into the culture.
  • I then return home and eat with my family around 3pm. My mom feeds us plenty of yummy food that ranges from rice with flautas to soup with fresh quesadillas.
  • I then take a shower in my room and prepare for the next great day.

-Roberto M.

'Global Navigator Voices' is a collection of blog articles and pictures by our very own high school study abroad participants. Follow their adventures before, during, and after their experiences abroad!

CDMX: El segundo dia

Our three day weekend started in Teotihuacan.  Here is where the story continues......

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After a restful night of sleep in our hip hotel, we were off for day two in Mexico City.  We started at the world famous Museo de Antropologia, where 95% of the artifacts are real and directly from Mexico.  This museum holds collections from pre-Columbian to current day Mexico, so you can imagine that our students were inundated by the massive collection found here.

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After the museum we walked to through the Bosque de Chapultepec, it is kind of like CDMX's Central Park, but double the size.  Here students bought a treat and ate lunch under the trees.

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The view of the city is amazing from the bosque.  From here we can see the monument to the six hero children, or the Niños Heroes.

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The Castillo de Chapultepec followed and did not disappoint.  The structure has been home to many important people from Mexico's past.  Maximiliano, presidents, the Mexican Military Academy are just a few of the past residents in this historic building. 


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The castle holds one of the greatest murals of the artist David Alfaro Siquieros.  Here you can see just a peak at his work.

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The gardens of the castle were ever so impressive.

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Our day also included a fun time in the Lago de Chapultepec.


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Dinner in the Zocalo area of CDMX.

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A view of the plants as we waited for TouriBus.
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Check out the view from the TouriBus. (The next four photos are courtesy of Ramy Hassan.)


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El Zocalo with El Palacio Nacional
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Bellas Artes

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El Angel de la Independencia

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Ciudad de Mexico, te queremos mucho!!!!

 

Week 2: Guanajuato

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I’m loving my stay here in Guanajuato so far. I can’t believe it’s already been 2 weeks. It makes me sad to think that I’ll be leaving my new friends when I have to go back to the US, especially my host family. They’re so nice. They invited me to their church on Wednesday, and I found it interesting. It was pretty much like my church/mass in the US. The only difference is that there are a bit less people and it’s a lot shorter. I thought it’d be as long or longer than my mass back in the US.

My schedule here is also a bit different here in Mexico Than it is in the US. Here, I wake up at about 7:30 to get ready for school, compared to 5:30 in the US. Then, I go downstairs to eat breakfast with my host family (usually my host brother). In the US, I usually have breakfast at school or just don’t eat breakfast at all. I eat the lunch my host mother makes me, compared to the lunch the school provides in the US. School goes until between 1 or 3, and since everything here is so close by, I can have time to spend with friends after school without having to worry about getting home late. When I get home, I eat with my host family, as I do at home in the US.

After we eat, we take time to ourselves to do anything we need to do, such as homework for me. Usually in the US, I stay in my room. But here in Mexico, I spend more time with family. I play cards with my host brother and his friend or I talk with my host family. We then usually have a small snack before we go to sleep, like I do in the US.

This weekend, we went to Mexico City for 3 days. It was amazing! We went to so many places, but I have to say that the Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia was my favorite. I find the history of Mexican ancient civilizations interesting, so going to that museum was amazing fun for me. We also went to the pyramids of Teotihuacan, which were great (but very tiring to climb). I hope to have a lot more fun here in Guanajuato!

-Brandon L.

'Global Navigator Voices' is a collection of blog articles and pictures by our very own high school study abroad participants. Follow their adventures before, during, and after their experiences abroad!

México Auténtico

Here the students are interviewing venders in the market to learn more about authentic clothing, foods, and handmade crafts.

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We are having fun while working hard!!!

In class learning a lot of grammar and cultural facts. The students here are divided into three levels and working on activities to improve their Spanish.   They are having fun as they learn.

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Nuestra primera callejoneada

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Students took Guanajuato by storm this week by participating in a callejoneada.  GTO has 3,200 callejones or alleys/passageways.  A callejoneada is a chance to see these passageways in a new light and with some great music.

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We started near Teatro Juarez with the introduction of costumed performers.  The gentlemen sing and dance to get the crowd warmed up for our romp through the callejones.

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Students invited their host families to join our group.  In total, 50 participants were on hand to begin our journey.  Here the group is making their way to the first callejón all the while listening to great music and enjoying our diverse company.


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You can't stop these rhythms from making you move!


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The ladies enjoyed a serenata and a couple our our lads showed their friendship by greeting our young ladies with a kiss on the hand.

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Download VID-20170718-WA0004      <---- click here to see a short video of our fun adventure

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Students were made a part of the famous tale of the Callejón del beso.  Lengend says that a father was not pleased with the choice of suitor that his daughter had taken.  With the closeness of the callejones, the daughter and her suitor were able to kiss from their balconies.  The father did not approve and, well, you'll have to look up the rest of the story to hear the ending.  Our young people playing the roles of the two lovebirds did a great job and we are both came out scot-free!


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Week 1: Guanajuato, Mexico

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I’m finally here in Mexico, and I love it already. My host family is amazing. They’re very kind and I love spending time with my host brother. I also love my classmates. They’re so social and kind. The teacher does a good job of teaching us and keeping us on track. People are surprised I speak Spanish so well. They ask me how I can speak it so well and I tell them it’s because my parents are Mexican so they only speak to me in Spanish. This has given me an advantage because I can easily communicate with everyone here, both in English and Spanish.

The class is great. We get to learn new words/grammar all the time and we take plenty of breaks to relax. The program gives us plenty of time to practice the language, as well as spend time with friends. This surprised me the most. I didn’t think I’d be able to spend time with my friends but I actually can, and I can still practice my Spanish at the same time. It’s great. I love how I am forced to speak the language to people who only speak Spanish, unlike in the US, where we can still easily speak English without worry. Overall, I’m loving it so far and I’m excited for week 2!!!

-Brandon L.

'Global Navigator Voices' is a collection of blog articles and pictures by our very own high school study abroad participants. Follow their adventures before, during, and after their experiences abroad!

¡Qué viva el guacamole!

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Today students took part in a Guacamole contest.  This may sound easy, but this activity was created to make students aware of our local market, prices and how to get the correct ingredients for a recipe.  Also, each group was given the task to include a secret ingredient.

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A little recreation before the contest

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Students were given a short guac tutorial, then given pesos to use at the local mercado.  The students looked for the best ingredients and the tastiest secret ingredient.


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As students began to create their dish, some used certain tools or ingredients for the first time.


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Our three judges, Ernesto, Eva and Isidro, surveyed each group and our course, taste-tested the delicious product.

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It was hard to choose.  Take a look at the guacs below.  Can you guess the secret ingredients?

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And the winners are......


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Congrats to all of our wonderful students, you are all winners in the game of guac!  But Rees, Muaricemaria, Astrid and Rebecca had the best recipe. 

Week 1: Guanajuato, Mexico

I recently dived into a whole new culture this past Sunday that is only about 2,000 miles from where I live in the United States. I was surprised that a different culture could consist of so many different things. Some examples being festivals, food, architecture, and music. (Below is the view from the terrace in my host family’s house which is an example of how another culture builds their way of life) 

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When I first met my host family, I was nervous and excited at the same time. However, I realized that I had no reason to be nervous as they are very friendly, welcoming, and hardworking people. My host family consists of 3 people which can be seen below. My mom is named Laura and her two sons are Jafet and Sayek who are 18 years old.

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I also met the other students when I arrived at the airport in Dallas that would take us to México. Upon greeting everyone I realized that everyone was super nice and just as excited and eager to be immersed in another culture.

I believe that I am doing a decent job in getting by with Spanish in Guanajuato. I love interacting with the locals and asking for recommendations too. Everyone in Guanajuato is amiable and willing to help you if you need something.

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I believe that CIEE is very well organized and dedicated to the participant’s education and safety. The program leaders made sure that we were aware of basic rules and notes that would make sure to keep us safe during our month in Guanajuato. The class that I am in at the local University is really interesting because we are able to learn from real situations in comparisons to classes in the United States. We are able to go into the community and speak with the locals and ask them questions which helps us to expand our vocabulary and confidence in the language. I have loved my stay in Guanajuato so far and cannot wait to experience more in the coming weeks!

-Roberto M.

'Global Navigator Voices' is a collection of blog articles and pictures by our very own high school study abroad participants. Follow their adventures before, during, and after their experiences abroad!

A Day of "Alternative Tourism" in Guanajuato!

Greetings folks,

Kim here, Program Leader for the Language & Culture high school summer program in Guanajuato!  Yesterday we went on an excursion with our amazing group of students to Hacienda de Arriba, a space that is devoted to conservationist efforts and which now also offers "alternative tourism".  

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While there, we first went on a short hike in which a guide showed and explained the environmental history of the area, which included anecdotes about coal mining, the transition into conservationism, and the current processes for protecting the area:

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During our short hike, we also learned a ton about the medicinal properties of some of the plants, such as Casahuate (which can cure venomous snake bites or ease muscle pain) and Pirul (which is good for head aches).  Later, we went back to the center to make a pomada (a word that loosely translates to "lotion") with the plants that we had learned about earlier:

P1019282^Local expert Ricardo, 4 years old, was there to help us along the way, reminding us the medicinal properties that the plants we were working with had.

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P1019282After that, our group learned how to make tortillas, which involved a few steps:

First, students had to roll the masa into medium sized balls:
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After that, the students placed their balls of masa onto the prensa to flatten them:
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Then, the students had to carefully remove their tortilla from the prensa to place on the comal:
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One of the final activities of the day was baking bread, which the students had a blast doing and also learned how to use a horno de leña:
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¡Muchísimas gracias Hacienda de Arriba!

With love, Guanajuato Language Session II:

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