Our new and exciting journey started off at 4:15 on Tuesday morning with a drive to Denver International Airport. Our flight to Cabo San Lucas left at 11:22 am. 45 minutes from landing in Baja, we were asked to complete our paper declarations for customs. Once we got these customs forms, it felt like our trip had really started and the adrenaline was incredible.
I remember looking out the window and comparing the Baja landscape to the landscape we had so recently departed: flat and snowy compared to the beautiful rolling hills and mountains of Baja. After going through customs we emerged in front of a walkway leading to the airport exit. As soon as we exited the airport we were greeted with 80 degree weather and mariachi music playing all around us. That was the moment where it finally hit me that we were in Mexico.
A wave of gratitude and excitement suddenly hit me. How incredible is it that we were going to be studying in Mexico for three weeks?! The idea that we would get to improve our Spanish and bond with our peers was so cool. It is a testament to our school that we get to take Spanish classes, help with service projects, and enjoy hands-on learning in a different country while all my public school friends are stuck in a classroom for six hours getting lectured by their teachers non-stop. I feel really grateful.