I Saw the Western Coast!

Trip Start Aug 22, 2012
Trip End Jul 24, 2013

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Flag of Mexico  , Pacific Coast,
Saturday, December 29, 2012

Que Tal? 

Word o' The Day.... Posada

English Translation: Inn (like the kind Mary and Joseph were looking to stay at)

Las Posadas are a huge part of celebrating Christmas here. They're basically parties with pinatas, hot beverages, Mexican food, oh and acting out the search of Mary and Joseph to find a place to have little baby Jesus. You sing this drawn out song with one group of people on the outside of your house petitioning to come in (acting as Mary and Joseph) the other group on the inside is the ornery inn keeper. 

Moral of the story, be good to your neighbors, regardless

Outside of going to several posadas this Christmas vaction I had dreams of helping my father install sheet work as he had many jobs this week. I was left at home everyday (he chose my 90 lb, 13 year old sister over me one day). Instead I learned a little bit more about how to keep a house. I helped prepare (by prepare, I mean I was aloud to peel the apples and make the drinks) the massive feast we had on Christmas Eve. It turned out quite nice and quite a bit simpler than what I'm used to... Something about the value of family etc etc. I am definitely learning to appreciate a family, whether they be in the same house or 2,000 miles away. 

My host mom has been wonderful. We have had amazing conversations of what it means for Mexicans to pick up and leave Mexico for the US to find better paying work. I have learned that the money, is often not worth tearing apart a family. At least that's how she feels about it anyways. I tend to agree. She was also nice enough to teach me how to properly iron, so my clothes don't look like a donkey chewed on them. I also learned how to tie a tie today. I think this is growing up.

Outside of domestic work and Christmas parties, I've also invented running ( I now say I've "invented" something if it's new to me). I'm not sure if it's doing anything other than counteracting  the calories all of the peanut butter that I received for Christmas. I also invented getting a haircut in Mexico. $2 for a good haircut and good conversation, vale la pena. 

Now, I'm off to my first Quince Anos (kind of a big deal) nicely ironed and wearing a tie. Then, I leave with the family at 4 freeking am in the morning for a little beach in Marquellia, Guerrero. Ya know it's funny, my goal was to get my feet into the Pacific Ocean in 2012. It didn't happen over spring break with my best friend, like I initially planned. It didn't happen over the summer. But now, it happens, in another country two days before the end of the year. Funny how God works things out. Happy New Year my friends!

So Much Love,


PS Special thanks to: My family in Florida for faithfully Skyping me throughout this holiday season, and for the care packages sent to my family and I here in Mexico.

Thanks to Grace Lutheran for all of the support this year. 

Oh, and thanks to YOU for reading. 


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