It is week two and van school is underway.  Fueled by gas station food and cornfield vistas, a multitude of conversations ranging from politics to the merits of only subsisting on Flan or Salami took place in the confines of our little shuttle.  The discussions were (for the most part) serious, but the open forum layout allowed everyone to voice their thoughts and the overall experience felt much more productive than simply being talked at.  Both Chris and Matt asked great questions and their interest in our responses and opinions made our thoughts seem appreciated, which is often a rarity in the macro-educational lecture environment we are generally used to.