Travel Journal

By: Emma Augustine Period 1

Culture of Monterrey

Dear Journal,


This week in Monterrey I learned alot of things. Did you know that Mexico is made up of states? I didn't. Monterrey is the capital of the Northeastern state, Nuevo Leon. Monterrey is rich in culture. The most traditional dish from Monterrey is Cabrito, also known as kid goat. Cabrito is cooked on embers based on the Jewish cuisine of the founders of the city. Carne asada is also a traditional dish for families on weekends. Monterrey has two football teams. Here in Monterrey they call soccer, football. One football team is C. F. Monterrey. The other team is the VANL Tigers. Baseball is also popular. One of the teams is the Sultanes de Monterrey. Monterrey is know for 'Norteno" music which is the trademark music in the city Monterrey has also witnessed the birth of several bands. My stay in Monterrey has been amazing! I can't wait to come back!--Emma Augustine

Government of Havana

Dear Journal,


Today in Havana, Cuba I met up with a few people. They told me they do not like the government of their country being communist. No matter how hard they work, they all get paid the same amount. I then asked them if they like the President, Raul Castro. They don't hate him, but they think he can do better. What they were wondering was why he won't change the country's communist environment. They may not be fond of him, but he is the ruler of their country and at least he's better than his brother, Fidel. After I was through talking to them, I went and explored. I found out that contemporary Havana can essentially be described as three cities in one: Old Havana, Vedado, and the newer suburban districts. The nickname of Havana is based off of the three different cities. The nickname is the City of Columns. Fidel Castro was not considered as "evil" as the likes of Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, or Hussein, but he was still not liked by many people. One thing he did do though, was raise the level of education by funding schools and visiting schools making them up to standard. One question that I still have though is if Havana, population 2,201, 610, and many of the other cities in Cuba will remain communist for much longer?


Emma

Geography of Ecuador

Dear Journal,


It is a bright, sunny day here in the country of Ecuador. I devoted the day to learning about the geography of Ecuador. Did you know that Ecuador has the equator running through it? I didn't! I just learned that today from my friend, Julio. I also took a trip to the Galapagos Islands today. Everyone is friendly and they make you feel welcome. The animals were very unusual. There was a marine iguana, a hammer head shark, crabs, seals, dolphins, a tortoise, and many others. I had never seen so many animals in one place.

Volcanoes are very common is Ecuador. They have one active volcano today and it erupted in 1998. The town of Banos has hot springs and swimming pools. Think about how hot that would be. The climate is varied in Ecuador. The Pacific Coast has the wet season from December to May and the dry season is from June to November. The climate of the Andes Mountains are cold and rainy from November to April and dry from May to October. The Amazon is rainy and humid between january and September and the dry season is from October to December. Lastly , the Galapagos Islands have a temperate climate, in other words, mild. I have enjoyed my trip here and hope to come back again soon.


Emma

Economy of Brazil

Dear Journal,


Today I went to a museum in Rio, Brazil and it talked about many things, but one topic in particular, caught my eye, the Economy. Brazil has the largest economy in Latin America. The world's seventh largest at market exchange rates, and it is the seventh largest in purchasing power parity. Brazil has a mixed economy with abundant resources. In a few decades, Brazil is predicted to become one of the five largest in the world. They extract minerals, grow coffee and oranges, raise cattle and poultry, and manufacture clothes and shoes. They build computers, cars, planes, and other sophisticated machines. Brazil is very rich in combustible fossil fuels, crystals, and metallic minerals. It has very large reserves of Bauxite, Uranium, Kaolin, and semi precious gems. There is 317, 490 square miles of farm land. Brazil is also the largest coffee, sugar, and alcohol producer. Lastly, Brazil has an important automobile industry. They make Fords, Volkswagen, Fora, Mercedes Benz, General Motors, Fiat, Volvo, etc...

Today was great. I loved learning about the economy of Brazil!


Emma