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Monday, August 2, 2010

Chapala y Mas Simple Por Favor Y Vida es para aprender

To start of my blog today I would just like to say a few things that I have learned about México. First off. Friendship is simple. Yesterday I was talking to my friend from México, and he could not understand why Americans make friendship such a complex thing. Why we always have to choose friends, why we ruin friendships over a thing so simple and so tiny, why family are ruined over things so simple. Everyone should be friends. Friendship is simple, do not exclude anyone. In life, although it is hard for me to conceptualize, but the truth is humanos never stop learning. Just when I think I have learned everything to make a friendship better, or a marriage happier, or be more patience, just when I think I have it figured all out, I realize I know nothing, Life is about learning and becoming a little better each day, but hey it is not eay.
It has been a while since I have written in my blog. A few updates. We officially have two weeks left. Only one more week left here in Guadalaraja and then one more week in Puerto Vallarta. Last Monday for El noche de hoger, I wanted to play futbal, that was the original plan, unfortunately it down poured completely. Instead we had to stay indoors and play the human knot game or other fun games to entertain ourselves. Then of course we went for food afterwards, I can not remember but I am sure that we did. Then on Tuesday, we had service at the ancillanos home. Melissa and I were late, once again because of the down pour of the rain. Infact, because of the downpour, Melissa and I had to remain under a tree and a building till the rain cleared up and the streets were not as badly flooded. Wednesday we did baptisms for the dead in the temple, there were about 40 youth there! Then afterward we went to the cine to watch una peli. I ate popcorn, the word for popcorn in español is palomites. We bought two types of popcorn. Acarmelades y mantequilla. ( carmel and butter) Then on Thursday, we went to the centro of Guadalajara. It was very impressive. Melissa and I went to a place called San Juan De Dios, this is a building that has 4 floors of jewerly! Then there is a place right next to it that is kind of dirty it is this brick building, that had ramps all the way up the top and it was just vender and vender stores practically on top of each other. We then met up with some of the other girls in the group, and we went to this restaurant called El Gordo. After wards we went to eat Churros!!! Except they were not as good as the filling ones, filled with chocolate, cajeta, and lechera ( consensed milk). On friday, we bought more churros and we went out to eat, after wards we went into town and just talked and hung out. Earlier on in the day on Friday we went to this town called Tonala. We saw two factories. First where they made dolls, muñecas, and the second one where they made blown glass. I bought three beautiful bowls for a very good price. At the end of my trip I can upload pictures for everyone. I ought to desribe the centro a little bit. First of all, there is a theature, and churches and a gondola looking thing in the center. Imangine and court yard, several actually with tons of people, either, dancing, selling candy for money, does not matter singing, throwing something, standing next to the foutain. There are shops to eat at on every corner, as well as stores every where. All types of stuff. And also tons of different types of people from different walks of life. I have seen people selling gum, fly swatters, umbrellas, roses, little candies, people at stops lights with a water bottle in there hand who will wash your window for money, a guy who will spit gasoline and fire out of his mouth then ask people for money. One I even saw. When the light turned red there was a mom with a baby of her shoulder and when all the cars would stop she would juggle with one hand, because she was holding her baby with the other, and juggle then go through the cars and ask for money.
On Saturday we went to Chapapla. Gorgeous. Some of the girls in my group and i went on a little boat ride out to an island, then we went shopping in the town. Chapala is this huge lake, in fact I think it is the biggest lake in all of México. Except it is very dirty, you can not really swim in it. So there are venders along the lake that we went to. Then we went to a tortilla factory and got to try some fresh tortillas. After that we went to a hotel to eat lunch and swam at the hotel for a couple of hours, it was so much fun. All of our group swimming and having a good time together. The pool over looked the lake. I need to work on a paper for school. This week we have a paper about our trip due, a presentation about a Mexican state, and a paper with it too and a final examen as well. Thank you to all. Hasta Mañana. As an update on my Spanish. It is becoming better, I know know how to say most things using correct grammar, and I can pick out when people are still making mistakes in Spanish, but my accent sounds not quite on the spot yet.

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