Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
Trip End Dec 31, 2009

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Monday, July 21, 2008

The kids are adapting well to life in Mexico, a few days ago Monique saw a cockroach so she killed it with her bare foot.   James picked it up with a napkin and showed us.  So, I guess we don't have to worry about the kids being skittish of bugs and may I say there are some pretty large ones here.

One day we went to an English school run by a Christian family in a poor neighbourhood.  They try to provide English, art and gym as an afterschool program at minimal charge.  Apparently, the local school has 50 kids to a class and is one of the worst in the state.  So, they are asking if anyone would like to come and give of their time to teach English for at least 12 weeks (1 term) they would welcome you, it is definitely ministry with no pay.  This would be a very authentic Mexican experience, where you would take away a lot with you.    No qualifications necessary, just being English will do.

Montezuma has had its revenge on all us all, luckily we got it all over with in one night (except Monique who preceded us). That left Monique to help the rest of us as we were sick; she brought us water and napkins and was just generally concerned for everyone.  Monika took great care of us and cleaned up after us (what a friend indeed!) the only limiting factor was that we flushed the toilet so many times we ran out of water.  So, just try to imagine 5 people with the runs and you can't flush the toilet - like I said this is real Mexico.
The next day we had tickets to a play so Monica took the few who were feeling up to it.  It was about a little girl who cried sweet tears during a time of drought.  Her father bottled the tears and sold them, he was very mean to her so she would cry and he could make more money.  Eventually the girl is treated so poorly she dries up and turns into a branch, the story was against child labour, evidence of which is everywhere.

Last night we hung out in the main square, this is what the local people do on weekend nights.  There is live entertainment, they go home around 11pm and eat dinner.  So, we went to hang out and a clown was beginning his act, like I have said there are very few North American tourists here so we really stand out.  The clown looked directly at Raymond and said "hello, where you from" and that was the beginning of Raymond being the main attraction of his comedy routine, for a brief time he had me up there as well, joking that he would take off with me for a green card.  It was hard to understand when you're being made fun of in Spanish, but we got the gist of it.

Other things we have learned about Mexico:
-the baked goods look a lot better than they taste
-the locals seem to stay up all night
-dogs are mange
-bugs are large
-every honk or bell ring, is someone trying to sell something (just not sure what)
-kids don't need toys to play with
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