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Friday, May 18:  In May of 2007, I attended a study abroad program in Mexico for 10 days.  This program was part of my studies for an M.A. in International Commerce & Policy through George Mason University’s School of Public Policy.  The professor in charge was Dr. Robert Rogowsky.  We were able to experience the culture of Mexico while learning about its politics and economy; we were also able to observe firsthand the pervasiveness of the informal economy and the poverty in Mexico City.

The program’s official start was on Saturday, May 19.  Some of us arrived the night before, on Friday, May 18, to allow us a day to explore Mexico City. We checked in to the Hotel Gillow, Isabel la Católica #17, Centro Histórico, Mexico City (Hotel Gillow).

It just so happened that I was the sole women among seven young men.  We ended up going out on the town for dinner and drinks to celebrate our arrival in Mexico.

the first arrivals in Mexico City for our study abroad program.

the first arrivals in Mexico City for our study abroad program: Chris, ??, Larry, Houcine, Gabe, me and Derek

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Having fun with the guys

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Larry, Hussein and Gabe

a bunch of our study-abroad group on the night of our arrival in Mexico City

a bunch of our study-abroad group on the night of our arrival in Mexico City

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Aaron and the gang

It was great to have time to bond with some of my classmates before the program began. 🙂

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