Time flew and it is time to say good bye. Thank you Centre College and our wonderful 20 students who spent a semester abroad here in Merida. We will miss you and hope you can come back soon!!
Merida was more than a fun-filled vacation for me; it was challenging, encouraging and extremely valuable. In Merida, I had the opportunity to meet people from another culture and build life-long friendships that I will cherish forever. While living with my Mama, Mili, I learned how to be humble and how to serve others selflessly, both characteristics that I saw from many Meridians. Even more, I learned about social issues that both Mexico and the US face today, regarding race, gender and class. Thankfully, I not only had the opportunity to witness these issues, but I was also able to learn about their historical context and engage in conversation about these issues through my classes and my homestay. This experience was also extremely encouraging to me while it taught me how to keep an open heart and an open mind in order to relearn ideas and truths of the world. While in Merida, many social experiences and lessons that I learned within my classes challenged my ideas and beliefs that I had before coming to Merida. Now, with a broader view of the US and Mexico, I can have more informed conversations that matter to our future and to people around the world. Me encanta Merida!
Bekah Bruner – Spring 2016
Sadly time flew and the Spring semester is now over!! We will miss this wonderful Centre College group with their vibrant personality and positive attitude. Keep the good work guys! Remember Mérida is now YOUR city! Come back soon!
Olivia and Jaqui with Olivia’s homestay family Doña Paty and Brian.
Emma, Erin, Alex, Paige and Bekah with their homestay moms!
Vanessa, Hannah, Carolyn & Rachael with their homestay moms.
David and Lydia with their homestay moms.
Rachel and Griffin with their homestay moms Doña Beatriz and Doña Angelita.
Cate and Doña Pilar. Doña Dulce & Russell.
Lulu, one of our Spanish professors with her nephew. Katherine with her homestay mom Doña Dede!
Caitlin and Doña Ileana
During their experience in Merida, students from Centre College were placed on a work site as part of one of their courses. After the Spring semester, these are their final presentations. Grateful for all the work sites supervisors who were able to host our students and let them participate on their daily work activities. Grateful for all the students and the wonderful work they did!
Erin & Caitlin worked at Museo Palacio Cantón. Here with their supervisor Ana Méndez!
Rachael had the opportunity to work with the Economic Development Office in the City Goverment.
Bekah worked at parque Aak, an ecological park located outside of Merida. Here with Mary, her supervisor.
Jaqui & Carolyn worked at public hospital ISSSTE and were able to observe and shadow doctors and nurses.
Hannah, Vanessa & Cate worked teaching ESL to middle school kids in a small village outside of Merida. Here with Anel, their supervisor.
David worked at VIAJA which is a travel and immigration agency. He was able to assist with their marketing plan and worked on a blog for foreigners.
Alex and Russell enjoyed a lot her work site, she was placed at a basketball school and was able to interact with kids. Here with their supervisor Couch Miguel.
Group 4 finished very fast cooking and were able to seat and enjoy everything they cooked! Empanadas are like Quesadillas, corn tortilla with cheese inside, you can mix it with other fillings too. Thank you Doña Susi!!
A typical dish in Yucatan are Huevos Motuleños (Motul style eggs) Close to Merida the town Motul is famous for this dish. They are commonly served for breakfast and are fried eggs on top on a fried tortilla with beans, chopeed ham and cheese, peas (yes!) and tomato sauce with a bit of Habanero flavor. And plantains as a side! Heaven!!!
Frying the plantains! Delicious!
To drink Jamaica!! a typical Mexican drink made out of hibiscus flowers! Refreshing and delicious!
Group 2 did a great job!!! They spent a lot of time cooking their own quesadillas. The fillings were delicious: Papa con chorizo, cheese, chicken and mushrooms!!! YUMM!!! Gracias Doña Alicia!!!
As part of Centre College’s Spring program, students take a cooking class with one of the homestay’s families. This time we divided the group into 4 smaller groups and they all learned how to make different Yucatecan and Mexican dishes: Cochinita Pibil, Huevos Motuleños, Quesadillas and Empanadas! What else do we need to be happy??
GROUP 1: Cochinita Pibil!!! You did great guys!!
Someone had to cut the onion!!
Squeezing sour oranges with achiote (spices used for this dish) to marinate the pork!
And someone had to cut the meat! Gret job!
While in Trinidad we were able to visit an elementary school and had the opportunity to talk to students and faculty. Our Centre College group enjoyed the contact and the kids loved their presence. Education is one of the priorities in Cuba. Thank you to the teachers and principal for letting us learn and share with you.
We spent a wonderful week in Cuba traveling with Centre College Spring 2016 group. We had the opportunity to learn about this country, its history, culture and people. Without a doubt a very interesting perspective considering the recent news with the US-Cuba relations. Enjoy these pictures!