The tales of a vegetarian in Mexico...

Trip Start Aug 15, 2012
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Trip End Aug 15, 2013


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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

When I arrived at the Mexico City airport to start my YAGM year, my first thoughts were surrounding my inability to speak Spanish and if I would get through customs. They were not focused on how to order a vegetarian meal in Spanish.

We started our in-country orientation at a convent/retreat center in Cuernavaca. At dinner Andrea, my country coordinator, explained to the nuns that I was a vegetarian. And by explain I mean she had to list out that I don't eat any kind of meat since there is not a Spanish word for vegetarian. Although there were enough dishes in the buffet line without meat for me to eat not one but three meals, as I sat down at the table with my plate of food, one of the sisters placed in front of me a large plate of avocados. At that moment all of my fears about being in a new country and a new culture dissipated. Radical hospitality knows no borders.
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April on

Colleen, I'm so proud of you, and I'm so excited for you to start on this yearlong journey in Mexico. And as you experience new and unique challenges, I know that you will overcome them as easily as this one, and if you ever feel discouraged, you are always in my prayers.

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apater on

¿Vegetariano? ¿Vegano? On my travels through Mexico I always asked for beans (frijoles). I doubt there are any Mexicans who don't eat beans every day.

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