Day 5 - July 5, 2007

Trip Start Jun 30, 2007
Trip End Jul 07, 2007

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Thursday, July 5, 2007

July 5, 2007 - Thursday - I woke up with Montezuma's Revenge today.  Oh no!  I immediately took the anti-diarrheal medicine we brought with us in hopes that it would not persist.  Anyway, today we are scheduled to help out at a school for the blind and disabled.  We had a breakfast of watermelon and cantalope with toast and jelly and a bunch of water.  They asked if I wanted to stay home because of my new condition but I opted to go anyway.  So Jamie, Me, Katy, Amelia and Beiby got on board the Ruta 15 and headed to the big intersection from the orphanage and headed in the opposite direction, downhill. 
  We arrived at the Escuela de Educacion Especial para Ciegos y Debiles Visuales .  We went in through the locked gate.  They had a very small basketball court set up before a small stairway leading to the school.  There seemed to be some confusion about what  we were there to do.  We all ended up in a small classroom where a teacher was giving what looked like a conference with a parent and her blind daughter.  After the family left, Jamie and I stayed in there to help that teacher out while the others left to find other work.  She just needed some shelves dusted and things put in boxes.  The others didn't get any work to do so we left after probably 30 minutes when we finished straightening the maestra's room.  Unproductive trip.  We got back and changed clothes and left with Beiby to go back to the center.
  We finally caught the third Ruta 18 back to the center of Cuernavaca.  We hit the HSBC bank to break a 500 peso bill and then had lunch at Burger King.  :)  We then walked to the Palacio de Cortes. A wonderful historic building that also houses the Museu Regional Cuauhnahuac.  We paid our 37 pesos each and Beiby got in free with her student ID.  The museum was very interesting and unfortunately for me, all in Spanish.  I wasn't able to get as much out of it as I could but I was able to read enough or have Jamie or Beiby translate for me.  The palacio gave us some good views of the city and my favorite part was probably the Diego Rivera murals on the second level.  The murals are colorful, vibrant and accurate.  We spent a good couple hours there and then left for a snack.  We walked toward the Cathedral and stopped at Cafe Alondra.  Jamie and Beiby got some type of mixed fruit drinks and I had a Moka frappuchino, all delicious. Then we went down Hidalgo Calle to Calle Netzahualcoyotl over to the Robert Brady museum. 
  Robert Brady was an eccentric artist and art collector who made his home in Cuernavaca.  It cost 30 pesos each.  The house/museum had a lot of folk or indigenous art.  Each room is filled with different and several types of art.  After this we headed back to the Cathedral. We went in this time and took some photos.  Then we walked the grounds and admired the Spanish buildings.  After this we headed back to the Zocalo.
  At the Zocalo there were some older Mexican couples dancing to 40s/50s music while spectators watched.  It was very cute. After this we hit the Artesan market next to Cortez's palace.  We bought some hand-painted clay boxes for people back home and a hand-made fridge magnet.  We rode the bus back to our area of town and bought some more Fresa Marmelada at the OXXO and some Ritz Sout Cream & Onion chips. 
  Back at Casa HOY, Pedro showed us a tv show that aired in Brazil about the Brazilian slums or Favelas called City of Men.  The show focuses on two black kids living in the Favelas.  It was quite eye-opening.  This show plus our trip here in Cuernavaca helps us to appreciate what we have back home in Colorado. 
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