One of the most fun (and at times, frustrating!) aspects of life here is the fact that we don’t have a car. In fact, we are not even allowed to drive under Peace Corps rules. Therefore, we are enjoying the freedom of not having to pay for a car. It truly does feel liberating to be completely car free. Some volunteers can’t stand it, but we embrace this part of our lives 100%. This means, we spend plenty of time walking or on buses. Sometimes walking takes too long, and buses don’t travel there. And really… who wants to pay for a taxi?! This spurred us to find our own means of transportation, bikes. After days of hunting, we found a neighbor who chops old bikes to make one new one.
Meet my love, Frankenstein. We call him Frank for short.
If you want to read the full story on our adoption, check out this old blog post. After sitting in the house for a bit, we moved Frank downstairs to the storage area. He got lonely and we decided to buy a companion for him. Meet Elizabeth aka Liz, Frankenstien’s love and Neal’s “new” bike.
Quick safety note: Riding bikes generally around Mexico is not a safe idea. Fortunately, we live in a small city where bikes are respected and have rights. We only use the bikes within our neighborhood and small city. We always use a helmet and lock up our bikes, even if the locals do not do so. It is important to consider your personal bike culture to avoid collisions and to protect your well-being.
I’m starting a new series where we share our bike adventures with you – where we go, what we see, and who we meet. Enjoy!
Love and stuff,