Nuestro Departamento

Due to safety reasons, we were never able to publish photos of our apartment while we were living on-site. For your viewing pleasure, I have put up some photos so you can see what our apartment looked like as Peace Corps Volunteers in Mexico. We lived simply, but we were safe and had a host family that took great care of us. This apartment is located in San Pedro Cholula, which is unrelated to the popular hot sauce. We lived on the second floor and to our surprise, never had any problems with scorpions or snakes or any other unwanted creatures that are common to the Peace Corps experience.

 

You have to understand, life was simple and cheap. Our apartment in numbers… rent was $155 USD/month; internet with router was $25 USD/month; gas was $20 USD every other month; electricity was $4 USD every other month.

 

Our garden patio – chives, lettuce, tomatoes, and our compost!

 

Our economy bathroom – shower, sink, toilet all right there!

 

Part 1 of our kitchen – limited space, limited pots and pans.

 

Part 2 of our kitchen – Note our mini fridge!

 

The living room where friends and family have spent many hours together!

 

The view from our bedroom door. I love our little apartment!

 

Since we’re still not settled in our new life, this still feels like my home. It breaks my heart to see our home and to know that we willingly chose to leave this life. It is easy, however, to idealize the things you’ve lost in life. Mexico will always be a part of my life and our story. I am forever grateful for our experiences there and the many memories we had in this apartment.

 

¡Feliz Navidad! 

Chelsea Beth

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One thought on “Nuestro Departamento

  1. Aww, I miss your little depa and I really miss waking up on that couch to Neal making coffee in that French press, segmenting grapefruits, and getting ready for jogs to the pyramid. You’re right, it’s so easy to idealize things in retrospect. We lived life there with all of the happiness and complexity that is typical. Viva el depa!

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