The worldwide Augustana College experience

Hi, I’m Liz Hinds from Monticello, IL. I am a junior at Augustana (it’s gone by so fast!), and I’m double majoring in pre-med and biochemistry and minoring in Spanish. I absolutely love music and singing and am in the Augustana Choir here on campus. I’m so excited to be going to Latin America this fall! I can’t wait to experience the rich cultures and historical sites of Ecuador, Peru and Mexico. There are so many things and places I’ve only read about in class that I finally get to see and experience first-hand!

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 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 […]

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 […]


I think the best way to update these is the day after everything happens. So Day One went pretty well.  I kind of failed at going to a Cultural site for an hour because I ended up waiting for my laundry for two and a half hours (I needed clean pants!). I did, however, visit […]

Picture time!

Ok, this is for real. I’m actually posting pictures this time. I’ve got a lot to share, so bear with me. We’ll start with Peru! all of girls in our groups on the tour of the mud city, Chan Chan.


Hey everyone! When I woke up yesterday and spent a good two hours online before class, I had no idea there would be an upcoming challenge presented to us later that night.  At our ISS meeting last night, Dr. Bertsche, along with the other professors, expressed a concern that we were becoming too comfortable in […]

Bienvenidos a Mexico!

Things are finally settling into a normal schedule here in beautiful Cuernavaca. We arrived in Mexico last Sunday night, and by the next morning, we had met our host families (just in time for lunch, too!) It’s been a few days now and I’ve had time to unpack and get my laundry done (Hallelujah!). There […]