Travel Journal

Cole C. 2nd Period

Monterrey - Culture

Today, I was traveling through Monterrey, Mexico, and was going to stay the night with some friends. I was amazed at how much of a great way of life they had! Now that I am thinking this over I really wish I lived like them.

First of all my friends food was amazing. It was the perfect meal! While the food is cooking we would all sit down on the couch or chairs and watching soccer games, while eating chips served with guacamole, queso and/or salsa.

Once the main dish is served the family lights a candle and prays. They pray about their family members and also bless many things. They bless local tragedies their family members, and even the food!

Soon the family enjoys their meal. Their meal consists of burritos or tacos. Also they have sides that include salad, rice, beans, corn, and also bread. At times the family will cook a whole lot of food and invite neighbors, or family and hold a feast.

Most families enjoy traditional music played by family members. The music could be family stories to help the younger know more about their family. Or they just play casual music to let everyone relax. Some songs can be very religious which brings up the families religion.

Most families are very catholic and go to chapel sometime in the week and then go to church on sunday mornings.

I think learning how they live was worth the time, because now I know maybe an even better way to live if I didn't decide to take this chance. Now I am starting to want to live like this because it is a lot more fun and also interesting than my way of living, as well that is something new I can try instead of the same old, casual way of living my life.

Panama City - History

1912, Feb 21st

I have just arrived in Panama City and started to notice how magnificent this canal will be when it is completed! It must have been real smart for America to help Panama. See Panama was part of Columbia, and America then asked Columbia if they could build a canal and own it. Columbia refused, so then America asked Panama if they wanted to be free in return for them to be allowed to own the canal. Panama allowed this so America fought Columbia until they gave up Panama.

Now there are around 70 thousand people in Panama City working on the canal, and nearly 20 thousand have already died due to the tropical diseases like malaria, and yellow fever. There are many American engineers here that seem to be planning out what to build on the canal and also instructing the natives that chose to work on this project.

The American officials are now telling me that the canal should be done in about two years. They are also telling me that the canal will bring money, because the people who want to travel through it to take an easier route around the Americas will have to pay some type of money to get through.

I can now see again how this canal will be useful when it is finished, but I really think that it will bring more than money. I think it will bring lots of people to live on the canal and also work on the canal. People in a few years might also decide to come and visit the canal and give up tourism money.