From March 9th– 16th, 19 MBS students had the opportunity to improve their Spanish-speaking ability while immersing themselves in the culture of one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas — Cartagena, Colombia. The birthplace of many styles of Afro-Colombian music and home to many different varieties of tropical wildlife, Colombia was the perfect setting for a unique spring break trip!
The group engaged in a variety of activities, from bike tours to a coffee tasting, and learning traditional dances. Other highlights included a canoe tour of the mangroves and enjoying delicious Colombian cuisine at a variety of restaurants and open-air markets.
They also enjoyed touring the African village of Palenque and visiting a fishing village and learning about the lifestyle and people of La Boquilla.
The students attending the trip included: Julia Abbott, Grace Barnett, Brittany Berry, Rafael Cruz, Paul Detre, Samuel Ephraimson-Abt, Sabrina Fagan, Camille Ferrell, Camryn Hartkern, Madison Hughes, Tristan Long, Erjon Mersimi, Katherine Miles, Dyson Mitchell, Tashana Noel, Thomas Polaski, Paige Sanderson, Alexandra Shah, and Andrew Woode.
The chaperones were: Aline de la Torre-McCloskey, Troy Rusnack, Rocio Romero, and Anna Pardo.