Professor Polack
Professor Polack, a distinguished computer science professor at the University of Mary Washington, possesses a deep curiosity for global exploration. Driven by a desire to broaden her understanding of different cultures and technological landscapes, she aspires to study abroad in countries across the world. Professor Polack's ambition to study abroad exemplifies her commitment to enriching both his own academic perspectives and the field of computer science as a whole.
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Iceland, where we spent weeks exploring the stunning landscapes of this Nordic island. One of the highlights of the trip was driving around the famous ring road, a 1,332-kilometer highway that circles the entire country. Along the way, we marveled at cascading waterfalls, rugged coastlines, and towering glaciers. We had the chance to immerse yourself in Icelandic culture, sampling traditional cuisine and learning about the country's history and geology. This unforgettable journey through Iceland's dramatic beauty left a lasting impression all of us.
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After leading a study abroad trip to Brazil and Argentina, where the students explored the wonders of the Amazon Rainforest, embarked on a captivating river cruise along the Amazon, and marveled at the breathtaking Iguazu Falls from both sides of the border, Professor Polack decided to create a photo book. With meticulous attention to detail, he curated a collection of photographs capturing the vibrant landscapes, fascinating wildlife, and joyous moments of the trip. I aimed to provide a visual narrative that would forever remind the students of their remarkable journey.

Trish’s Favorite Place

Iguacu Falls are one of the New 7 wonders of the world. When you see these astonishing falls, you won’t believe what you see. These falls are powerful, breathtaking, mind blowing and to say the least gorgeous. Words can’t describe the beauty of these falls, and no camera can capture what your eyes see.

Most of the river runs through Brazil, but most falls are in Argentina. The name Iguacu Falls means Big Water. Legend has it that a deity planned to marry a beautiful woman named Naipi, who fled with her mortal lover Taroba in a canoe. In a rage, the deity sliced the river creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.

We entered the falls from Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil and Puerto Iguazú in Argentina. When we entered Foz do Iguacu, we walked down the canyon to the lower level called the Devil’s throat. The power of the falls was undeniable. Standing at the base of the falls, feeling the spray from the falls, the people, and the noise from the water, it was highly intense.

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