There is so much to talk about when it comes to our trip to Querétaro, but here are some highlights of the trip. Meeting the team was awesome! They helped us with our studies and gave us advice as well. We also felt very comfortable going to them for help. Another highlight was meeting our hosts, an adorable couple who took their time to feed us and direct us if we didn’t know exactly where we were going or what we were doing. This was a great experience; at times, it was a bit strange and overwhelming, yet it was also very heartwarming and comforting to see how they gave us food, a roof over our heads and more importantly their trust.
Learning about people’s health and businesses was also an important experience. Walking in the clinic and seeing that people had help, but also how in certain ways they didn’t, helped me realize how different and complex each place is. One aspect I never knew could be so different, and yet similar, was political debates between candidates for a position in the Mexican government. Their debates took place in different states and focused on campaign promises, but what was most interesting was the offering of gifts to the people promoting the candidates as if buying their votes. I did not like these actions coming from the candidates, but I could not fault the people for their actions in seeking and accepting such gifts. Seeing how they would fight over plastic plates made me think how their living conditions might be, causing them to fight in that way. It was a great experience, I will never forget. Learning about their food, culture, political fears, medical attention, and troubles in their community created a clear view of another country.