The tales of a vegetarian in Mexico...

Trip Start Aug 15, 2012
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.

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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