October 14, 2007 – Destination: Patzcuaro, Mexico

We spent the bulk of our visit in Patzcuaro which is a town in the state of Michoacan.  Our first assignment was to do a scavenger hunt in town in small groups.  We were asked to purchase items such as a kilo of bananas and find places such as the public restrooms and the the atm machine.  Not knowing Spanish made me nearly useless in the exercise.  I got better as the trip progressed!

In the larger plaza performers were resting after performing the dance of the old men.

This is street in Patzcuaro along with my fellow scavenger hunters, Kathy, Amy and Amy.

Once we completed our search in town we returned to calculate the cost of the items we’d purchased in town and compare those to the cost back in the United States.  We then calculated how long one would have to work in the U.S. and in Mexico, both at minimum wage, to acquire these products.  We were surprised to learn that you would have work over an hour to buy a Pepsi.  Pepsi was less expensive than milk.

one year ago…