Wrapping Up

July 15, 2016: This fourth and final week at San Lucas has been amazing, productive, and sad all at the same time. In the last week of being here, we have gone to Xejuyú to collect samples, analyzed the last groups of samples, and typed up all of our interview data. We got to sample…

Working on the Weekend – Our Last Weekend in San Lucas!

July 12, 2016: Who thought staying in for a weekend would end so well? Because we needed to look over samples on Saturday morning and work on Sunday, our team was not able to go along with the other UVA students this weekend. Aurora was a little bummed that we were not able to spend…

Project Week 3

July 5, 2016: Today (Monday July 4th) is the first day of the third week of our project. We had a little speed bump last week when our vacuum pump broke! We had to lose a couple days of sample collection unfortunately, which was quite a bummer. We had looked for different ways to fix…

Weekend Fun!

July 3, 2016: Over the weekend at San Lucas, we had lots of free time to do whatever we liked, which has proved to be an exciting part of being here in San Lucas. It really helps to provide a healthy work-life balance for us here and gives us something extra fun to look forward…

Day 8 – Another Day at Work!

8:15 A.M- We woke up to meet with Lesvia at central park. The night before we stayed up working until almost 10:30 PM. Speaking with Elcia and Lesvia in the morning about the changes that we will be applying to our project. We meet and took 15 samples of the families water and interviewed 21…

UVA-GI Team Photos!

June 27, 2016: We took this photo on a two-story boat our UVA-GI student group rented one weekend at Panajachel. We got to jump off the top into the waters of Lake Atitlan and explore the interesting towns of San Juan and San Pedro! We got to see a textile loom and how the local…

Day 6 – Recuperating Day and Refining the Procedure

June 27, 2016: Day 6 of the project was more of a recuperating day to try to refine our lab procedure so we could continue getting samples later. We met up with Elcia and Lesvia in the morning to go over the new plan of which houses we are going to when and then return…

Day 3 – Logan’s POV – Interviews

June 24, 2016: Today was our first today all together going into to the beautiful countryside community of Xejuyú to conduct interviews and collect water samples. We woke up extra early to eat breakfast and to meet Lesvia at 7:30am at the central park to take a van ride over to Xejuyú to start work…

Day 2 – The Town San Lucas – Logan’s POV

Today we got to see the town a little more. It is a really beautiful town, though it isn’t that large. The town center is especially pretty, with very aesthetic designs and a basketball court! There are lots of people out and about a lot of times, and lots of vendors selling food on the…

Day 2: Sarah’s POV

June 23, 2016: Today we got a lot done in terms of orienting ourselves with the town, laboratory and equipment. We started the morning off by buying some supplies we still needed like water bottles to freeze to put in the cooler and sterilizing alcohol. When we got to the office, we organized and sterilized…

Day 1 – Guat’s Up San Lucas

June 22, 2016 We are here. San Lucas Tolimán: a beautiful quaint town on the shore of what has been called the most beautiful lake in the world, Lake Atitlán. Looking out across the surface of the lake is something like heaven on earth. With three volcanoes surrounding the deepest lake in Central America, it…

Can Traveling Make You a Better Person?

The Value of Travel When one commits to an action, especially after thinking about the action, usually there is a reason behind the action. There are many habitual actions wherein there may be very little cognitive thought (watching the next cued episode on Netflix, commuting to work daily on the same train, brushing your teeth,…