If the next stage of my life is filled with people just half as sincere and lovely as this class, I will continue to lead an incredibly blessed life. I am overwhelmingly thankful for these friends, the opportunity to study such a forward looking degree at such a challenging and powerful institution. I am also gracious for this course trip to Tenerife. I am also grateful that I am fairly confident that this degree will terminate in a job offer for me. It is a great injustice to Jose's master students (group of Tenerife students we worked with on the island) and the island of Tenerife that these students we met may not find jobs on their home island. Jose exclaimed that one of the greatest and worst exports of Spain currently is its youth. Young talented graduates are forced to seek employment elsewhere at the great detriment to Spain.
Apart from a horrendous ear ache, too much salty fried and often mysterious hotel food and the fleeing of my voice, I will have nothing but beautiful memories of this trip. I regret that photographs and even journal writing will leave so much of this experience lost in translation.
Please remember the moments not captured in photographs- the long bus rides winding through forests, cities and villages and desert alien landscapes. climbing up the caldera, the classmates who ran around the cinder cone just for the hell of it, the inspiring creative and often hilarious creative statements we shared with the class, Viola's smile, Logan's humor and inquisitive nature, the sun!! Black sand beaches, 'the women of the nature', cortados de leche leche, the elderly tourists, drinking drinking and dancing, drum circle on the black sand beach, playing DJ at a bar with ancient dusty CDs, learning so much more about my classmates.
I am so painfully horrible at dying to distance myself from new friends and places- try as I may in self defense to be anti social. I love these people and leaving will rip yet another gaping hold in my chest.
We watched about twelve large yellow-fin tuna being offloaded and iced on the docks. Considering the conservation status of this fish and the absolute massive size of the catch, this opportunity to view a contentious tuna fishery was compelling. Tourists were snapping photos in utter fascination. I found this an interesting comment on ocean conservation- if these were tiger skins being unloaded there would be public outcry yet yellow-fin tuna have been nearly fished to extinction right under our noses.
Lava flow of the 'badlands'