A Free Day

Hi everyone 🙂

After a long day of traveling yesterday, it felt good to stretch out our legs and explore the beautiful city of Querétaro! We spent our day today getting accustomed to the University and the historical part of the city.

In the morning our group reunited at the “Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro,” the partner school of Hope College that allows us to have this experience in Mexico. With an orientation led by some of the staff members, we learned about the university. It has an excellent health sciences program (including nursing, physical therapy, and athletic training), and our group was able to tour their many different labs and facilities. One of my pictures shows the nursing lab with a practice mannequin, which actually reminded me a lot of the nursing lab at Hope.IMG_20160511_105656875_HDR

After our tour at the University, our group walked towards “El Centro,” the historic part of Querétaro. The vibrant cobblestone streets are tiny and packed with stores and cafes. Suddenly they open up to beautiful plazas with statues and fountains, and there are many cathedrals too. We also saw a really neat view of some 200 year-old aqueducts. I really enjoyed exploring this part of the city because it held so much character.

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Our group split up and we spent the rest of our evening with our host families. I went to a taco restaurant owned by a friend of the family, and also spent some time hanging out with my host mom and her baby niece. Family is very important here and you can see how close-knit the members are to each other. My family has been so welcoming and kind; I’m surprised at how well-adjusted I already feel after only two days.

That’s all for now! It’s been quite an adventure already and I’m excited to see what the rest of this week holds!

-Blair

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