San Miguel de Allende 1.29.17 - 2.4.17


We traveled from Boston to Houston and ate dinner there. Afterwards we flew to Del Bajío International Airport in Mexico and took a van to Vía Orgánica. The flight was really long, but I didn't mind because of how excited I was to arrive.


We went shopping in San Miguel de Allende on Monday. All of the buildings were so colorful. It's much more fun to be in Mexico than in Massachusetts where everything seems so beige in comparisons. I bought a blue and white patterned scarf for my mom and a small skull as a souvenir for myself. After shopping we got ice cream from a street vendor. Mine was lime flavored and it was delicious.


In the morning we visited two gardens. One of the gardens was on a woman's roof and the other was very large and full of fruits and vegetables. They were both really nice. It's easy to see how much time and effort they put into their gardens and how much planning they take. It was cool to see the difference between how important they felt their gardens were compared to here. Where I live gardening is treated as hobby most of the time, but in Mexico it was all about community, dedication and a way of providing for your family. Once we left the gardens we visited a school and ate lunch with the students. Being with them was really fun. They were all so friendly and happy to shared their school with us. After lunch we played basketball with them, looked at photos together, heard a story about an avocado tree that they seemed to really enjoy, and gardened.


On Wednesday, Veronica taught us how to make tortillas. It was really difficult to get them to lay flat and prevent them from ripping. We ate them for lunch, along with sopas. After we ate lunch we went to Cañada de la Virgen, an Otomi archaeological site in Guanajuato. It was incredible to see a pyramid in person, I always see them in books, TV & movies, but it was my first time seeing one in real life.


Thursday was really busy. In the morning we went to a botanical garden. When we were there we learned about a lot of different types of plants. I really liked seeing the variety in the different types of cacti. We ate lunch in a gazebo in the middle of a farmers market and a stray dog came and sat with us. We saw a really cool plant that a man was selling that curled up when you touched it. Everyone at the market was very patient with my Spanish and was excited to teach us about what they were selling. We also went to a playground and had a monkey bars competition. Rose one with 13.49 seconds. After lunch we went on a scavenger hunt that started Parroquia De San Miguel Arcángel. The picture at the bottom right of the photo grid is a picture that we took during the scavenger hunt. Once we finished we went on a really interesting tour of the area.


I don't have many photos of Friday because it was so busy. In the morning we visited CHRISMA and donated over $500 that our school collected and a bunch of cards the 6th - 8th grade students made. The picture on the left is of us and the people who work there in front of a mural at the rehabilitation center. In the afternoon we went to hot springs. Sadly I don't have any pictures from them, but they were really cool and had an awesome back massager made out of water.


On Saturday we headed back home. It was really sad to leave and I'm glad that I was given the opportunity to visit a new county and experience a new culture. I think that although things like the food, music and architecture in Mexico are all incredible, the best part about it are the people. I felt immediately welcomed even though I was in a different place. Everyone always seemed excited to help and I didn't meet anyone that minded when I had trouble speaking.

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