February was a very, very busy month filled with hiking adventures, making friends, first Mexican birthday celebration and our first visitor from the good ole’ USA. Mil disculpes for the lack of continuity on this site. One thing you can count on are these posts as a way to keep track of growth and understanding of our new culture. As life gets more full, posting will become more lento. I hope you can understand that we moved down here not to be professional bloggers, but to serve the community and live life to it’s fullest.
- It is perfectly acceptable to put on make-up, eye liner, deodorant, curl your eyelashes with a spoon, or even clip your fingernails on public transportation. I am pretty sure we have seen way too much this month. Apparently people here think that public buses are just like private cars but people, please refrain from getting ready on the bus! I didn’t even know you could curl your eyelashes with a spoon before. If you didn’t either, check out the tutorial here.
- Red potatoes are probably just dyed regular potatoes. No joke! We were so excited about different potatoes (because our region apparently only has one type!) that we bought them without question. Once we started washing them, the red dye came right off. We felt so cheated, but won’t be repeating this mistake again. I guess every Peace Corps Volunteer has their personal burdens – one type of potato might be ours! (Too bad I’m only slightly kidding…)
When you don’t have snow to practice ice ax training, you train in an old rock quarry. So fun! So dirty! Check out the whole story here.
The Puebla airport is not as accessible as we once believed. According to Google Maps, the airport looks easily accessible right from the main road, right? Wrong. So, so wrong! We thought we could just take a bus to the turn off and walk to the airport. Turns out that wasn’t so safe and had to get a taxi anyways. But it was worth it because Mamma J was patiently waiting for us!
- Once a child learns to walk, they walk everywhere. Babies are swaddled in blankets and carried until walking age. You’ll see kiddos under two years old bouncing and bumbling along with their parents. Strollers are an extreme rarity here – I only see them in tourist areas. There is such a different method of parenting here and it is very interesting to continue to learn bit by bit.
- Googlear is actually a verb here in Mexico. Do I really need to expand on how awesome and helpful this is?! Yeah, didn’t think so.
- Paying bills can be extremely frustrating or ridiculously easy. Energy bills can be paid at any Oxxo (which is the Mexican equivalent of a 7-11), while internet must be paid in the individual store while horrendously long lines. We of course we choose to pay our internet bill online, which is still a growing enterprise here in Mexico.
Hiking and street food just don’t mix. At all. Please take our word for it as the combination can result in illness in uncomfortable situations. Neal personally recommends to avoid Cane Juice (pictured right) at all costs.