The Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellowship
Stacey Worman, 2006-2007 Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellow
Date: August 1st, 2007
To: Undisclosed recipients
Re: I'm Mexi-gone, but Don't Cry for Me Argentina...
For more than a year now, I've been mass emailing your inbox. I'm either sorry...or you're welcome...for the fact that my updates continue to become fewer and farther between!
When you heard from me in May, I had stopped through the U.S. and was heading on to Mexico . And well...this update is just to let you know that now I'm officially Mexi-gone! From the depths of the Copper Canyon...through the colorful Oaxaca markets with my mother...and on into the Selva Lacandona (one of Central America's last rainforests)...it was a very interesting two months and a walk in the park compared to Asia (imagine: flush toilets, refrigeration, and actual infrastructure!).
Actually, I've been Mexi-gone for about two weeks now...and have just left Berkeley after attending a summer seminar hosted on the UC Campus by The Institute of Humane Studies. It was called "Freedom, Innovation, & The Environment" and it was joyfully exhausting and incredibly inspiring to spend a full week discussing different interdisciplinary global issues...with 65 students and 7 faculty members...from all around the world (Italy, China, India, Nepal, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Croatia, Uganda, Canada, Germany, Vietnam to name a few of the other countries represented!). (Click Here for Reading Material!)
Unfortunately/Fortunately (you be the judge), I won't be expounding upon my travels in Mexico at this time. But I just wanted to drop you all a line to check in and to let you know what I am up to in the grander scheme of life! So here's the skinny...American Airlines has generously donated a round-trip ticket to me and my project...allowing me to squeeze in another two-months abroad in South America before Brenda and I have to throw in our travel towels! Don't cry for me, I'm off to Argentina tonight...and from Buenos Aires I will be heading to Brazil and the Pantanal to visit some eco-villages/research stations! And from there, who knows. October 1st will mark my 'real' return to the U.S. of A and the "conclusion" of my Keegan travels...on the off chance that you wanted to pencil that in on your calendar! :-D
Hope the summer has been good to you and I sincerely look forward to reconnecting with you (and the ground!) in the fall ...
With love and all my best,