Mummies, Torture Chambers, and Mines
Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
31Trip End Aug 15, 2010
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Well, today has been a pretty "chill" day for me so far. I did get up early (7 a.m.), considering that I went to bed at 4 this morning. I felt all right when I woke up, though. I took a shower, organized my things, folded some laundry (we washed clothes yesterday), packed up my things for today, and got myself ready. Holly and I ate breakfast quickly. We had pancakes, cantaloupe, and milk for breakfast. Magda took us to our ISA meeting place so that we could leave to go on a tour of the museums around the city.
We took a bus to the Museum of the Mummies. It was really cool to see all the preserved bodies, but it was also creepy to think that my body may look something like that someday. I know the body won't be “me” per say, but just to think of my body decomposing like that weirded me out
After the mummy museum, we went to this prison where the Spaniards used to torture the native Mexican people. We saw all sorts of terrible torture devices and even some skeletons of people who had died there. It was really depressing, actually. I know it is important to understand the different parts of the world’s history, but it wasn’t a pleasant sight. The sad thing, though, is that torture like that (or even worse) still goes on today in the world, I’m sure. I don’t know where and I don’t know how, but I believe it is probably happening somewhere – such a sad thought. I pray that God blesses and protects those who are being tortured and that he convicts the hearts of torturers, because that is just a terrible thing.
Last, we went to the Mina de Valenciana (Valenciana Mine). They mine gold, silver, and a lot of other metals out of the rock there.
On our way home, we had to pass by our house, so the bus just dropped us off at our street. Holly and I walked home. I did a little journaling when I got back, but I was so tired that I just wanted a nap
After lunch, I ended up talking to Melanie on Skype, chatting with Rusty and Rebecca, and talking to my Mom and Dad on Skype as well. That took a long time, but it was worth it. After that, I worked on uploading pictures and finishing up my journals. I’m planning to work on homework for a while and also hopefully go to the movies with Aura and Bugui. I’m not sure they are going to go, but it would be nice if I could spend some time with them. Anyway, we’ll see what happens. Tomorrow we are climbing the mountain, La Bufa, so I want to get a little rest tonight, so we’ll see what happens! Hasta Luego!
Well, I finished up with my journals and Aura came in to talk to me about the movie for a while. I ended up showing her a bunch of my WCS videos. She seemed really into it and thought it was cool. I appreciated that she watched them with me. We had a fun time talking about dance together. She mentioned that she’d like us to see Center Stage together since I haven’t seen it. I’d like to watch it with her. Anyway, as soon as we were done with the videos, we got ready for the movie
Magda, Aura, and I went to the movie. Magda drove, which was nice. We got there at around 10:00. The movie didn’t start until 10:30, so we had quite a bit of time to just hang out. We bought our tickets, popcorn, and pop. Aura and I ended up sitting at a little table and Magda went to get herself a drink for the movie. Somehow Aura and I got on the topic of guys. She shared with me that she broke up with Mao, her boyfriend, a few days ago. I feel bad for her because I know she’s hurting. I am so glad that I went to the movies with them because we had the opportunity to really get to know each other better. I feel like we established a friendship tonight, which was meaningful to me. It was so nice to just be with the two of them.
The movie was good, too. It was actually really funny because it was sort of cheesy and overly romantic. I am so absolutely proud to say that I understood the whole movie! There were a few words (around 10ish) that I didn’t understand, but that’s not bad in a 2 hour movie! I can’t believe I understood so much! I even caught the jokes and everything. That made me very excited. I can watch regular movies in Spanish and enjoy them just like in English. It is yet another development in my quest to become a fluent Spanish speaker
I don’t know why, but I feel happy here. Perhaps it is because I’m having amazing experiences, but I just feel like I’m able to appreciate the small daily moments so much here because I know I need to appreciate and enjoy each day. I wish I did that more at home instead of working so hard on stuff that doesn’t matter so much. Perhaps this will actually make a difference in how I do things when I return home. Oh, speaking of returning home. I’m already sad that the end of the trip is coming so fast. It just passes in the blink of an eye. It will be wonderful to see my parents, family, and friends again, but I will miss this place so much. Yes, I do realize that I still have almost a month of trip left, but I just feel like the days pass so quickly and that I am just going to fall in love with the people and the place and have to leave. I don’t know how I’m going to get back here, but I would absolutely love to come back. I guess I’ll have to figure that out later. Maybe in the next couple of weeks my attitude will change, but I’m not sure it will. We’ll see.
Anyway, I’ve just been working on my journal since I got back from the movie. I’m going to try to upload some more photos before bed, but we’ll see how that works out! I am tired, after all. Well, goodnight for now!