Chiapas Day 01 (Part 2)—We Made It!

(Side Note:  I meant to get this posted sooner, but it proved to be a challenge finding an internet connection.  Professor Chris talked to the front desk at our hotel, and they agreed to give us the password to access the internet from their lobby!  What a wonderful and helpful thing to do.)

When the plane to Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas began to board, I had to turn off my computer before any photographs were able to upload.  If all goes according to plan, the photos for Day 1 will be included in a gallery at the end of this post.

During flights, no matter where I’m going, one of my favorite things to do is to look at the faraway landscapes and the strangely-close clouds.  While I have stared at many a sky, I have to say, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a variety of clouds all in the sky at the same time as I did on the flight down to Chiapas.  What a wide variety of color, texture, layers, size, density!  I hope you, dear reader, don’t mind that I took a couple of pictures to share with you.

The flight descended into a beautifully lit city and touched down without a problem.  Yet within a minute of landing, a dense fog enveloped the runway, and I heard some concern as to whether it would be too difficult for us to pass through the mountains that night.  Our wonderful guide, Teresa Ortiz, met us at the airport, and she sat us down to go over our trip’s final itinerary as we waited for the van to arrive. Continue reading


Anticipating Culture Differences

The trip to El Salvador is bound to be full of surprises, particularly to someone like me who hasn’t been out of the country before (aside from a weekend in Toronto five years ago). We’re doing our best to prepare ourselves physically and psychologically for what we’ll experience, from reading books to watching brief documentaries about Salvadorian culture.I knew there would be differences between America and El Salvador in terms of traditions and social norms, but it’s the little things that I’ve found add up fast. Continue reading