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From O’Hare to Honduras

January 13, 2020

NEU/BIO 675: Biodiversity, Brains, and Behavior

January 11, 2020

Today marked the first day of my J-Term 2020 Study Tour. We met at the flagpole on campus at 2 a, to arrive at O’Hare airport around 3. There we took a flight to Miami and from Miami to Roatan, Honduras! When we landed in Roatan we got off the plane and I immediately noticed how hot and humid it is here.

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We went into this tiny airport and lined up for immigration and customs check. This is when our passports were stamped! We then gathered together and a representative from Coco View took our names and crossed us off a list. They took our luggage and we piled into these small fans, and by small I mean there was not any personal space to be found. They drive us through town and stopped at a small dock. We then got on boats and were taken to Coco View Resort. There we received lunch, which included the best pineapple I have ever had, and were given the chance to explore our beach houses.

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We relaxed and got settled before having an all-guest orientation at 6 pm where we were told all about what we would be doing during our stay and everything that is available to us. A dinner of chicken, shrimp, rice, and cornbread followed along with more time at the bar. It is currently 8 pm and I am in bed writing this before going to sleep. It has been a very long day and I am exhausted, but so excited for our first day of diving tomorrow!

 


About the Honduras Study Tour

THE TRAVEL DATES

Jan. 11-23, 2020

THE INSTRUCTORS

Biology Prof. Scott Hegrenes 

Sociology Prof. Bill Miller 

Neuroscience Prof. Dan Miller

AN INTRO

In this course, students will be able to study the diverse ecology of a Caribbean coral reef, while learning about the evolution of neurobiology of marine life to humans. Students will have the opportunity to be scuba-certified before diving in to explore the tropical reefs. They will get first hand experience of what Honduran culture is like during their stay, explore the Copan ruins, an archaeological site of the Maya civilizations, and visit the island of Roatan.

Writer

Annemarie Seth ’21