Travel Journal

By Reid Shafer


The first stop on my quest is Veracruz. I have seen many amazing things, ate exquisite foods, and danced all night. Veracruz is a waterfront city on the Gulf of Mexico. Residents absolutely love the fresh seafood. A favorite dish to eat is "shrimp empamda" its a flaky crusted grilled shrimp.

Music and dance are a major tradition in Veracruz. People love to dance and make music. Many towns come together to have a fun- filled night with family and friends. People love to dance to the song "Labama", its the cities official song.

Celebrations in Veracruz include parades, dancing, religious acts, bull running, and carnival. Day of the Dead is celebrated in Veracruz by dressing up like skeletons to honor those who died. Veracruz is an amazing city! You are bound to find something to entertain you during you stay, I know I did!

Santo Domingo- Geogrophy

Santo Domingo is a beautiful city! If you love rick climbing this is the place for you. It is one of the prettiest rivers flowing through it, the Ozama River. It flows through 148 km of Santo Domingo before emptying into the Caribbean sea. I loved the tropical climate. The tropical climate is due to the trade winds. If you prefer the col come during the December January moths rather than the warmer months of August or July.

Rainfall is about 54.9 inches annually. In the dry months most of the rain dries quickly. The highest temperature Santo Domingo has ever experienced was 103 degrees F. The lowest its ever been recorded is 53 degrees F. The total area is 48,730 km. You can almost see the entire city from the tip-top of the highest mountain. The resources found in Santo Domingo are bauxite, gold, silver, and nickel. All in all Santo Domingo has beautiful terrain and things to see! I loved it here!

Peru- Economy

Mr.. Fujimori is the President of Peru. He makes all the choices weather someone should be elected into senate or not. All members have to go through him first before actually being a part of the senate. Once they have been elected into senate they can only stay 70 years.

Historically, the country's economic performance has been tied to exports, which provide hard currency to finance imports and external debt payments. Peru's main exports are copper, gold, zinc, textiles, manufacturers, services and fish meal; its major trade partners are the United States, China, Brazil, European Union, and Chile.

The nuevo sol (commonly referred to simply as "sol") is the currency of Peru. 2.64 soles is equal to one US dollar. On November 2011 one euro was worth 4.05 soles, by April 2012 one euro worth 3.50 soles.

Brazil- Government

The Brazilian military government was the authoritarian military dictatorship which ruled Brazil from March 31, 1964 to March 15, 1985. It began with the 1964 coup d'état led by the Armed Forces against the democratically elected government of left-wing President João Goulart and ended when José Sarney took office as President. The military revolt was fomented by Magalhães Pinto, Adhemar de Barros, and Carlos Lacerdo, Governors of Minas Gerais, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, respectively. Brazil’s military regime provided a model for other military regimes and dictatorships around Latin America.

Voting in Brazil is universal and complimentary for all literate citizens between the ages of 18 to 20 and optional for those who cant read or write. The government still has problems with unequal treatment with poor people and the wealthy.

One major topic to understand is Jeatio or the ways of acting through obstacles such as rules or red tape.