Ciao, amici. I’m Hailey, an anthropology and philosophy double-major, minoring in Italian. I know what you’re thinking, “whatever will she do with those degrees?” Well, I aspire to pursue international law, making these disciplines very relevant and beneficial to my education and goals. I chose this particular program in order to fulfill my methods requirement for anthropology, but I have an auspicious feeling that I will learn much more from this trip than just that.
While studying abroad in Italy last summer I learned more about myself and the world than I ever imagined, kindling a passion within me for travel and the direct observation of other cultures. I anticipate and hope for the same life-altering experience from Bolivia; especially because I do not speak Spanish so, at the least, I will part with the knowledge of a new language. Other than hiking in Amboró and photographing Bolivia’s unique nature and culture, I most look forward to experiencing Bolivian gastronomy, specifically it’s vegetarian options. There is no better way to analyze and assimilate within another culture and its people, I believe, than eating what naturally prospers there; elucidating a large part of its economy, customs, and way of life.
Though I don’t fear traveling, even alone, I do have reservations about arriving in a country in which I do not speak the language. Though I attempted to prepare, Spanish is so very different from Italian, something I honestly did not expect, and I often mistakenly respond in Italian rather than Spanish. So, this will be my greatest challenge, yet, one I am fully prepared to face. That being said, I have only high hopes and excitement for this trip, and greatly look forward to meeting everyone!