The worldwide Augustana College experience


Change is unavoidable. It can be good, it can be bad, it can be both. The key to change is whether you resist it or welcome it. I know I have welcomed changed on this trip, but how? I can do my best to answer now, but at this moment I don’t feel I can […]

MEXICO CHALLENGE Day 7 (el ultimo dia)

It’s officially 12:05 am and I’m ready to celebrate the end of the Challenge by logging onto Facebook for the first time in a week (I kind of wanted a Big Mac, but it’s a little late right now… tomorrow?).  Before I go anywhere, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the past […]

Mexico, According to Taralee

Now that we’ve spent a couple of weeks here in Mexico, I would like to give a small taste of my experience so far. Top 5 things I think of when I think of Mexico:

MEXICO CHALLENGE Day 6 (confession)

I have a confession to make and that is that I spent all of my “free time” today researching for my History project. Does that count as something cultural? “I will spend no less than one hour either visiting a cultural site or in a public place observing and people watching in an effort to […]

MEXICO CHALLENGE Day 5 (to speak or not to speak)

Armed with tickets to the ballet, I loaded the bus for Mexico City yesterday morning. For the General Admission price, I was able to get four tickets in a private balcony near the stage. I had talked to some friends beforehand about going, but when I talked to them again yesterday, they said “maybe”. It’s […]


I was going to save this for tomorrow, but I’ll be in Mexico City all day! I was sitting at the Zocalo before class this morning, half reading, half watching people go by. As I was watching, something struck me that I’ve only kind of noticed before: People here are really affectionate. And I don’t […]

MEXICO CHALLENGE Day 3 (que hora es y donde estoy?)

Yesterday morning, at 2am, the time in Mexico fell back an hour.  At 1am, 2am, 2am, 3:30am and on until about 6am, I was waking up and checking the time because I was paranoid that “maybe the time didn’t change today”.  My phone and laptop never switched (even when I power cycled my phone) which […]

The Cuernavaca Covenant

I can’t believe how short of a time we have left here in Mexico.  I feel like this trip just started.  My friend Nick told me a while ago that the next time we got on a plane we’d be going home.  I miss my family and friends so badly, but thinking of leaving this […]

Machu Picchu

So I realize it has been literally forever since my last blog and I have a ton of stories and experiences.  What I’m going to do is to write several smaller blog entries on the different experiences instead of just writing one giant blog.  I think this way I can get into more detail about […]

MEXICO CHALLENGE Day 2 (The Universal Language)

Today was simply amazing. After classes today, our host-nietos were hanging out at the house again and we talked with them over lunch about pets and siblings (there are three of them and they look so much alike… just slightly different ages). After la comida, we played a rather intense game of Jenga before I […]