Each day our students will blog about some of their experiences on the Brazil Travel Course. Our entry for the final travel day, January, 1/28 comes from Kevin Tunstill. This isn’t the end of our blog – we will periodically keep posting news and updates about the Brazil Travel program at Chapman University. The next Brazil Travel Course will be for our cadre of undergraduates in June.
Sadly, our trip to Rio de Janeiro is finally coming to an end as we cross the final things off of our to do lists. Several students chose to spend their last day touring a favela from the back of a Jeep, while others went shopping in Ipanema and Copacabana for souvenirs to take home to their loved ones. Two of our classmates headed to Iguazu Falls for the weekend to take in the amazing views, and another eight students who decided to stay at our hotel in Leblon for a few more days waved farewell to the bus as it left for the airport.
The trip as a whole was an extremely valuable learning experience that none of us will ever forget. It was an exciting opportunity to immerse ourselves in a fascinating culture that is unlike ours in many ways.