MARTHA WITH A PASSPORT
Peru + Returning to Argentina
Hiked into Machu Picchu and spent time in Cusco to celebrate Christmas with my family. Also returned to Argentina to introduce my siblings to my previous life in this beautiful and diverse country.
Global Studies Seminar in Cuba
I was apart of the first group to travel and study in Cuba from CU Boulder in almost 50 years. While there, we lived in Havana- studying at Casa De Las Americas. I studied their history, societal structure, race & gender, and social systems as as well as the Spanish language. I was also able to travel all over the island seeing all corners of it. Of everywhere I have traveled, Cuba has been my favorite because of the warm hearts of the people, the unique experience being an American in Cuba, and the incredible isolation and feeling of it still being so untouched and untraveled. For more information check out my class blog HERE or an article written by a local Montana newspaper on their perspective of my experience HERE.
Pilgrimage: Australia + New Zealand
Attended World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Australia- making a two and a half week pilgrimage to first New Zealand and then Australia with my church youth group.
A pilgrimage is a unique and radical way of deepening your understanding and relationship with God. To be put out of your comfort zone and thrown into new settings really allows for a deep examination of your own soul and relationship with the Lord.
On this trip my faith was made truly my own.
Study Abroad: Argentina (+Uruguay)
From July to December 2012 I lived and studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I studied at two institutions: Universidad de Buenos Aires and FLACSO (Facultad Latin America de Ciencias Sociales). While there, I lived with an older woman to allow for complete immersion into my new home and language. Over the six months I was there I learned the street smarts of a giant metropolitan city in a different language, making friends from all over the world and studying spanish, history, gender studies, and BsAs literature. I was able to travel Argentina and Uruguay exploring and comparing the drastically different cultures and lifestyles that existed in this country and its northern neighbor.
Buenos Aires in one word : quilombo.
After my freshman year at CU Boulder, I took my life savings as of 19 years old and headed to Europe for 5 weeks with my cousin. In that time we traveled France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands. I learned the art of traveling on my own. Learning how to go from culture to culture and country to country quickly adapting and being flexible to each new way of living.