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México: Art and Food From Mexico City To Oaxaca

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Join us on a cultural adventure from Mexico City to Oaxaca. Led by University of Victoria Hispanic Studies professors, Chrissie Forster and Rosa Stewart, we'll explore everything from historical sites to fine art museums to open-air markets and everything in-between. 

Travelling with UVic Hispanic Studies Professor, Chrissie Forster

Chrissie Forster first came to Victoria as a Lecturer at UVic in 1998, and has been teaching Spanish Language, Latin American Culture Through Music, and Hispanic Film in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies ever since.  She was born in England and raised mostly in Canada, but she developed a special interest in Argentina during the last year of her secondary education, which she spent at a public school in the Province of Buenos Aires.  After returning to Canada, she completed a Graduate Studies program in Contemporary Latin American Literature in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. 

She visits Argentina regularly for professional as well as personal reasons, and she has served as the Academic Resource Advisor and/or On-Site Coordinator for the UVic Division of Continuing Studies’ Travel-Study Programs to Argentina, Chile, Cuba and Spain.


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Rosa Stewart teaches in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Victoria. She did her BA in Spanish language and literature with a minor in Latin American Studies at Ohio Wesleyan University and then completed a Masters degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Throughout her time at the university, she has taught language but also courses on the culture of  Mexico and Spain. One of her most popular classes is on Mexican Culture through Food.

Rosa has always loved to travel and for many years, she combined her passion for teaching and travel by leading educational tours to Spain and Latin America. She has also been the on-site coordinator for travel study programs to Cuba, Chile and Argentina, the Northwest coast of British Columbia and the Southwestern US.

Rosa has also been part of the University of Victoria’s Speakers Bureau, a volunteer group of instructors that give lectures in the community. She has given more than 100 lectures at schools, seniors’ organizations and service clubs throughout Victoria speaking on the many travels she has taken including talks on Mexico, Spain, Cuba, the Baltic and the United Kingdom.

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Exploring Mexico City

Mexico City is and has always been, the sun in the Mexican solar system. Revamped public spaces are springing back to life, the culinary scene is exploding and a cultural renaissance is flourishing. From the Bellas Artes Museum to the Zocalo to the Palacio Nacional, you will fall in love with the metropolis. 

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Visiting Teotihuacan - Pre-Hispanic City

This complex of awesome pyramids, set amid what was once Mesoamerica’s greatest city, is the region’s most visited destination. The sprawling site compares to the ruins of the Yucatán and Chiapas for significance and anyone lucky enough to come here will be inspired by the astonishing technological might of the Teotihuacán (teh-oh-tee-wah-kahn) civilization.


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Learning about Culinary Traditions in Puebla

Location : Puebla, Mexico
Once a bastion of conservatism, Catholicism, and tradition, Puebla has come out of its colonial-era shell. The city retains a fantastically well-preserved center, a stunning cathedral, and a wealth of beautiful churches, while younger poblanos (people from Puebla) are embracing the city’s increasingly thriving art and culinary scenes. Enjoy a cooking class using local ingredients. 
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Exploring Oaxaca City and its Surroundings

A cultural colossus fit to rival anywhere in Latin America for history, gastronomy, and colourful manifestations of indigenous culture, Oaxaca is a complex but intensely attractive city whose majestic churches and refined plazas have deservedly earned it a Unesco World Heritage badge. Lovers of culture come here to indulge in the Mexico of Zapotec and colonial legend. 

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Enjoying San Miguel de Allende

With its gorgeous colonial architecture, enchanting cobblestone streets, and striking light, San Miguel de Allende is rightly one of Mexico's biggest draws and has been popular with aesthetes and romantics for much of the past century. With superb restaurants and high-class accommodations, numerous galleries stocked with quality Mexican artesanías (handicrafts), a fantastic spring-like climate and a surfeit of cultural activities including regular festivals, fireworks and parades, San Miguel is an unmissable highlight for anyone visiting the northern central highlands.
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