The worldwide Augustana College experience

Hello, my name is Taralee Morgan, and I am a sophmore at Augustana College. I am planning on double majoring in Spanish and business, but I’m still exploring my options. I enjoy being involved in other activities on campus such as singing with the Jenny Lind Women’s Ensemble, PRISM, Latinos Unidos, and After Hours. During the upcoming Fall Trimester, I will be going on Latin American Term, which travels to Ecuador, Peru, and Mexico. I am very excited to be able to experience the culture of another part of the world and to share my journey with you.

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:

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 [...]

Chaotic Clinics and Wild Whitewater Rafting

The past couple of weeks have been filled with lots of travel, illness, studies, and the new excitement of Mexico.  We had multiple excursions in Peru, and finding a phone or internet proved very difficult, if the time to look could even be found.  One of my favorite activities that we did while we were [...]

Goodbye Ecuador, Hello Peru!

Traveling has made blogging difficult this past week, but saying goodbye to Ecuador was a million times harder.  Rachel and I decided for our farewell gift of sorts, we would cook our family dinner during the last week.  We chose to make lasagna, one of my personal favorites, and apple pie accompanied by ice cream.  [...]

The Hike

Another week has past, yet my tapestry for art class has only grown about half an inch… When are those due again?  Last weekend I had planned on getting at least half way done on the way to Saraguro, however, sleep, of course, overcame me.  I had my first mountain hiking experience in Saraguro and wow [...]

The Medicine Man

I cannot believe that it has already been 2 weeks that we have been here in Ecuador.  I thought it felt as though I had been here forever, then someone mentioned to me that today is 2 weeks, and I gasped with shock.  Time is flying here and our rigorous schedule always keeps me busy.  This past [...]

La Comida y La Cultura

We arrived to Cuenca last night and today we had our first set of classes.  I am sitting at CEDEI (where we have classes) on a lovely patio with beautiful flowers.  Two little girls are watching me write this from the window, and every time I look at them they giggle.  So far, Ecuador has [...]

¿Mi Nombre Es Qué?

Well, we made it to Houston with plenty of time to spare….  perhaps a little too much time, considering the length of this layover and my excitement to get to Ecuador.  The flight from Chicago was a bit taxing, most likely due to my lack of sleep and the extremely arctic temperature of the cabin.  [...]