I decided to split my post into two parts since my Chichén Itzá post was so long!
I found an events calendar on YucatanToday.com or YucatanLiving.com (can’t remember which) and I saw some things I wanted to do. Friday there was a used book far in a park, and since I didn’t want to go alone, I reached out to my friend from Kentucky. She and three other girls from her program met me there and we looked around for a while. It is so so so nice to have companionship! Afterwards, three of us went to eat dinner. I had tacos! Again! They are so good! I talked to them about how things are going and they have many of the same trials that I do across the board, so it’s nice to know I’m not alone in my hardships. But it’s important to stay positive, even when it’s hard to. Maybe especially when it’s hard to.
I talked to them about seeing Catching Fire next weekend, so I’m excited about that! And tomorrow is Ericka’s birthday! (She’s the girl I’m closest to.) I saw her this morning at church and she said they’ll probably go bowling or something and she’ll let me know. So excited!
Everyone is also off tomorrow for the Day of the Revolution. Technically, the Day of the Revolution is on the 20th, but in Mexico they take off either on Monday or Friday and typically not on the actual day if it’s in the middle of the week.
Coming up: I’ve got an excursion next Sunday to Celestún, which is a natural flamingo habitat. Then I’m celebrating Thanksgiving with other students on the 28th. Finally, on the 30th I’m traveling to Uxmal (another ancient site with ruins). So lots of things to looked forward to.
School is going well. It’s very challenging to teach in Spanish, even still, but my kids are great and they’re patient with me. My teachers are also very helpful to me. I have a project that I need to complete within the next couple weeks and I’ve got to make sure I finish everything I need to write before I leave so I don’t have to worry about it when I get back.
I should also say that I’m still sweating everyday. Ha! Still super hot and wearing shorts and sandals a lot. Some nights get cool, especially with the rain, but most of the time I’m trying to keep cool. Right now the humidity is 56% (which is WAY down…it’s usually around 80-95%) and it’s 31ºC/88ºF. I’m becoming very familiar with the Celsius system! I hear the weather is very different from what you all are experiencing at home!
I’ve only got 3 more weekends left in Merida and it seems so strange! Especially since they’ll probably fly by since I’ve got things planned for the next two.
Thanks for all the prayers and love. Just continue to pray that things keep going well and I don’t get too stressed about teaching. It’s tough here since I’m in elementary AND I’m teaching completely in Spanish.