Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Acapulco

My last weekend in Mexico was probably my favorite.  I love the beach, and Acapulco was amazing!  A large group of us left Saturday morning and was at the hotel five hours later.  The hotel we stayed at was called Copacabana, and it was huge, luxurious, and right on the beach.  I spent the majority of the time swimming or tanning, and now have a really nice tan! I got closer to the French students, and spent nearly all of Sunday with them.  Unfortunately, the trip had to end, and we were back in Cuernavaca around 10 pm on Sunday.  Sadly, the change in climate got me sick, and I woke up the next morning with a sore throat.  I am trying to get better and still take advantage of my last week here.  I plan to go to the movies to see Wolverine tomorrow and follow up with dinner in a nice restaurant.  Moreover, I have been wanting to change my hairstyle again, so hopefully I will be able to do that before I leave. 
View from the hotel room
View from the restaurant

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Las Estacas

My third weekend in Cuernavaca was spent in an aquatic park called Las Estacas.  Three other friends and I took the trip since there were not many students left in the school; therefore, the planning was pretty much on us. It was about an hour and a half from Cuernavaca, and was an all day event.  The main attraction of Las Estacas is the natural river that curves around the park...it was a beautiful river, but so cold!  It took awhile to become used to the water, but it was definitely worth it!  I love to swim, so it was so nice to be able to swim in a natural river and then sunbathe.  If I had more time left here, I would love to go again.  This weekend, Andrew and I are planning to join a large French group at the school to go to Acapulco.  I am intent on making the best of my last weekend here, and what better way to do it than at the beach.. :)
 
 
On the way to Las Estacas with Jason and Andrew

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Después de Dos Semanas...Two Weeks In!

Parque Ecologico with Evelin

Wow, it is hard to believe I have only been here for two weeks--it feels like at least four! 
 
The classes here are not exactly what I had imagined them to be.  There is not a strict structure, rather they are more in a free-form manner.  I have Grammar Class in the morning and Conversation Class in the afternoon.  Because I am taking communication classes, I do not necessarily have a Grammar review, so the name is misleading.  The number of students in class as well as my teachers change every week, so it is never a routine for me. 
 
I have been able to go on several excursions so far.  The number one site I usually go to is called El Zocalo, which is in the center of the city.  There, one can find small shops, restaurants, bars, etc--it is essentially a plaza for people to spend time together.  In addition, I have visited Parque Ecologico, Las Barrancas, Teotihuacan, Brady Museum, La Tortuga Cucufata, Plaza Cuernavaca, and saw the movie Pacific Rim in 4D! 
 
Tomorrow I plan to meet up with some friends to watch the USA vs. Panama CONCACAF soccer game...go USA! Saludos!


First day of class with Jennifer
Teotihuacan

                                                                         
 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

El Primer Día...The First Day

My first day in Cuernavaca was great!  The flight was only an hour and a half, and I was in Mexico City before I knew it.  The drive to my host family was a bit long, but it was nice to see the various stores, buildings, homes, etc on my way.  I reached my home around 5 pm, and was welcomed by my host parents.  They have been absolutely wonderful--I adore them already!  They are a rather elderly couple that have treated me with such kindness.  Their names are Eduardo and Julia, but I call them Mamá y Papá.  I will be going to Kukulcan tomorrow morning for orientation and class.  Papá and I have decided we are going to walk to the school (less than two miles away) so that I can see all that is around in the town.  I will write more when I can!  Saludos!
 
 
 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Starting Out


Hello!  I am a 2012 Tier One Scholar at the University of Houston pursuing double degrees in Chemistry and Spanish.  This summer I will be traveling to Cuernavaca, Mexico as part of the Kukulcan Spanish Immersion program.  Through Kukulcan, I will be taking two advanced level Spanish classes in written and oral communication.  I will be detailing my summer 2013 study abroad experience by sharing my weekly logs.  I am grateful for my Tier One Study Abroad Stipend to have this opportunity.  Enjoy!