Michael Leiken
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  • Carson City, NV
  • United States
  • 2019
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Walking through Livingston

The east coast of Guatemala contains a valuable culture unlike the rest of the country. The town of Livingston contains a much higher diversity of people with differing decent, because of the Caribbean history.
Sep 25, 2016
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Sep 23, 2016
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Castillo de San Felipe

Just after sunset, there is no light on the lake except for one thing - Castillo de San Felipe. This UNESCO World Heritage site was built back in the 1600's to protect Lake Izabel from English Pirates from the Caribbean.
Sep 21, 2016
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Jul 16, 2016
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The Caribbean, Tikal, Petén Itza, Flores, and more! Days 18-24, July 14, 2016

Wow! We did so much the last few days, this will either be a really long one or a medium one depending on how much detail I get into.To start with last Saturday and Sunday, we mainly worked on assignments but some people (not me) went to Pana on Sunday for tourism and then in the afternoon they went to the Catholic Church in Santa Catarina to see the differences between here and the U.S.  I guess it was much much longer and also they mixed both the Spanish language and the local Mayan…See More
Jul 14, 2016
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"Quick update: We went to Livingston, Rio Dulce, Lago de Isabel, Seven Altars, and La Playa Blanca yesterday. Today: Tikal, Flores, y Peten"
Jul 12, 2016
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It was more than a coffee plantation: Day 17 Friday, July 8, 2016

Today, we went to Charley’s coffee plantation and home, which is on the other side of the mountain from Atitlan. Before going to Charley’s, we went to Crossroads and Mike gave us free coffee (which he gets from Charley).  We got there around 10:30 and we were greeted with a gated fence and a security guard with a shotgun, which isn’t as uncommon as you would think.  We went inside and met up with Charley’s wife and he came in a few minutes.  They started to show us around the property after a…See More
Jul 8, 2016
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Tul planting, a Wastewater Treatment plant, and rock skipping: Day 16 Thursday, July 7, 2016

Yesterday, we started the day early once again.  We all went out to the Quiscab and pulled a few small baby Tul to replant in the San Juan area.  We met Lujain and two stray dogs (who followed us the entire time we were in San Juan) at the dock and she took us along the shore to a spot where she organized a gathering of the local fisherman to dig a plot of land for the tul.  When we got there, Eliska and the head fisherman had a conversation about the lake in front of the whole group.  It felt…See More
Jul 7, 2016
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Jul 5, 2016
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Day 14: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 – Lake Tours and Volcanos

On Sunday, we spent the entire day touring the lake with Elisa, the AMSCLAE director, and her two masters advisors, Jean and his wife, who are from Sweden. We stopped at the different important ecological components around the lake including the two large tributaries (Rio San Francisco y Rio Quiscab), the raw sewage inputs from multiple pueblos and municipalities, and the water treatment area for San Lucas Pilas, which are laundry areas for people to wash their clothes.  We also stopped in San…See More
Jul 5, 2016
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Jul 2, 2016
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Jul 2, 2016
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Day 8: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Today we went on the lake. We did a wide variety of tests and experiments while on the boat today, including testing the water at different depths, using a succi disk to test transparency, collecting algae and cyanobacteria specimens, and collecting and measuring tul samples. The tests we ran on the water ranged from the temperature at a certain depth to the conductivity, oxygen percentage, and pH.  All of the water tests were mainly to show us how to perform the tests but they are all used to…See More
Jun 29, 2016
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Jun 28, 2016
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Jun 27, 2016
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Day 5: Sunday, June 26, 2016

Over the past couple of days we have had quite a lot of adventures. Yesterday, we hiked near the top of Santa Catarina and saw some agricultural land.  It was made up of many small plots for families to grow what they wanted.  It’s so cool how the pueblo is stacked up on itself; it has so much depth.  It goes up and up into the mountains and there are many more homes than you would expect at first glance.  In lecture, we learned about the different sections of lakes and the typical lake’s…See More
Jun 27, 2016

Profile Information

Your study abroad program/location (e.g. UC Davis Summer Abroad, Spain "Spanish Art")?
UC Davis Summer Abroad, Guatemala "Ecological and Social Issues at Lake Atitlan"
Future Explorers: Where do you want to study abroad?
Antarctica, Africa
I graduated (or will graduate) in (year):
2019
Major
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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More about me:
I am a runner, a cyclist, and a rock climber. I love the outdoors and meeting new people.

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The Caribbean, Tikal, Petén Itza, Flores, and more! Days 18-24, July 14, 2016

Wow! We did so much the last few days, this will either be a really long one or a medium one depending on how much detail I get into.

To start with last Saturday and Sunday, we mainly worked on assignments but some people (not me) went to Pana on Sunday for tourism and then in the afternoon they went to the Catholic Church in Santa Catarina to see the differences between here and the U.S.  I guess it was much much longer and also they mixed both the Spanish language and the local…

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Posted on July 14, 2016 at 11:33pm

It was more than a coffee plantation: Day 17 Friday, July 8, 2016

Today, we went to Charley’s coffee plantation and home, which is on the other side of the mountain from Atitlan. Before going to Charley’s, we went to Crossroads and Mike gave us free coffee (which he gets from Charley).  We got there around 10:30 and we were greeted with a gated fence and a security guard with a shotgun, which isn’t as uncommon as you would think.  We went inside and met up with Charley’s wife and he came in a few minutes.  They started to show us around the property after…

Continue

Posted on July 8, 2016 at 10:57pm

Tul planting, a Wastewater Treatment plant, and rock skipping: Day 16 Thursday, July 7, 2016

Yesterday, we started the day early once again.  We all went out to the Quiscab and pulled a few small baby Tul to replant in the San Juan area.  We met Lujain and two stray dogs (who followed us the entire time we were in San Juan) at the dock and she took us along the shore to a spot where she organized a gathering of the local fisherman to dig a plot of land for the tul.  When we got there, Eliska and the head fisherman had a conversation about the lake in front of the whole group.  It…

Continue

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 10:04pm

Day 14: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 – Lake Tours and Volcanos

On Sunday, we spent the entire day touring the lake with Elisa, the AMSCLAE director, and her two masters advisors, Jean and his wife, who are from Sweden. We stopped at the different important ecological components around the lake including the two large tributaries (Rio San Francisco y Rio Quiscab), the raw sewage inputs from multiple pueblos and municipalities, and the water treatment area for San Lucas Pilas, which are laundry areas for people to wash their clothes.  We also stopped in…

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Posted on July 5, 2016 at 5:29pm

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