Why studying abroad isn’t like a mission trip

While I didn’t have time to do more than brainstorm ideas for posts while I was in Mexico, this is the only post I wrote while still in Mexico. If you’re like many Christian college students considering studying abroad in México or another Latin American country, you’ve likely been inspired by a short-term mission trip.  … More Why studying abroad isn’t like a mission trip

Oaxaca: Barro Negro, Alebrijes, & Textiles

Besides all the cool ruins we saw, the opportunity to observe a variety of very talented craftsmen distinguished our time in Oaxaca.  This was definitely the time and place to get souvenirs!  Everything was beautiful, well-made, and extremely cheap.  I got most of my gifts for family and friends on this trip.  We visited three … More Oaxaca: Barro Negro, Alebrijes, & Textiles

Why you should always shut down any conversation that starts with “Let’s talk about love!”

I probably should have known that it wasn’t the best idea to go along with it when a fifteen-year-old student of mine declared, “Let’s talk about love!”  However, I’m honestly not upset I didn’t stop the conversation there because what ensued was both completely unexpected and arguably my best (or at least funniest) story of … More Why you should always shut down any conversation that starts with “Let’s talk about love!”

Oaxaca: Teotihuacán, Cholula, Monte Alban & Mitla

Our first major excursion of the semester was to Oaxaca.  It proved to be five days full of awe-inspiring ancient ruins, beautiful nature, and impressive craftsmen.  There’s too much to put in just one post without it being ridiculously long, so I’m dividing it up by type of activity starting with archeological ruins 🙂  Click … More Oaxaca: Teotihuacán, Cholula, Monte Alban & Mitla

Travel Diary: Bernal

A week after arriving in Mexico, we took our first trip to Bernal, a pueblo mágico about 45 minutes away from the city of Querétaro. A pueblo mágico (literally a “magic town”), in case you’re wondering, is a town with symbolic attributes, legends, history, etc (magic) apparent in its social and cultural manifestations where there … More Travel Diary: Bernal