Friday, May 13, 2011

Cacti, Roaches, and Healing Mud

*Sorry so late this week--Blogger mysteriously crashed! Today we have an update from Brian and Kelly, the fabulous head-teaching couple in Tehuacan. Mexico, represent!*

This is about as accurately as we can pinpoint our location right now but, wherever Tehuacan actually is, we love it!

Adios Taco Bell! Honestly, I don't think we will ever be able to eat "Mexican Food" in the States anymore. The tacos here are amazing, cheap, and everywhere. Pretty much everyone experiences some "Mexican stomach" about 20 minutes after eating but we all agree that it's worth it.

Could we really claim to be on a service abroad program with ten 18 to 22 year old girls if we didn't take this picture?

If you look closely you can see the cockroaches underneath us. That explains our serious hops.

You'd think with how much cacti appear in cartoons and movies about Mexico that it would be one of those stereotypes that is completely not true. But it totally is! These things are everywhere. We even ate it for dinner a few nights ago...

We were told that women at La Bocana would spread mud on us to help clear out our pores and cleanse our skin. We decided that throwing mud at each other was probably just about as good.

This guy was amazing. He drove us everywhere throughout our entire trip, found us a way cheap place to stay, braved some insanely curvy mountain roads, and held in-depth discussions with Brian about the prevalence of public transportation in North and Central America. Can you ask for anything more?

What's the most triumphant song you've ever heard? Whatever it is, play it right now and look at this awesome picture of Brian finally conquering his fear. Roaches are pretty much an everyday occurrence here in Tehuacan and Brian has done everything within his power to stop them from coming into the school and our apartment. No matter what, they still seem to foil him every time. Today, 12 days after arrival, he finally killed his first roach! Within a matter of hours he even progressed to stepping on one with his own foot. They just grow up so fast....

We have been running around like crazy and getting settled at our apartment and the school. We are hoping to post more soon but this is the best we can do for now. Just know that we are safe, happy, healthy, and enjoying a hot Mexican summer!


Anonymous said...

Sounds like fun! I hope the semester goes well!! :)

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