by Rajeev Atha
January 5, 2019, a long day of a scenic drive with the explorations of El Yunque, ended with our arrival in the university town of Mayagüez. In Mayagüez, the University of Minnesota group and INESI team were reunited at Marla and Cecilio’s house, which would be our base camp for the next couple of weeks. After being welcomed with a warm smile and an open heart, hunger grew upon us. Thinking about a hearty meal, masterchefs from the group came to a collaborative decision of one dish in particular - LINGUINE PASTA!!!! Garrett took charge of the al dente spaghetti, and Jane prepared a lip smacking sauce while the others became sous chefs contributing to what the chefs in charge were making. This would be the first collaborative efforts of intercultural and interdisciplinary effort over the best thing in the world; food! Wait, I almost forgot to mention salsa, and tortilla chips with guacamole!
After all the excitement of the drive and the rush of El Yunque, a rejuvenating dinner with newly formed friends became a family on a journey to search for more questions and grow together as individuals.