Published: April 12th 2012April 12th 2012
Watching these crazy kids play while I enjoy my lunch
So far my days have consisted of wandering aimlessly around the city in the morning when the sun’s heat isn’t too harsh. Then I would spend the afternoon eating my beef tortas, drinking the freshest horchata around town, and relaxing in the park bench underneath an ancient tree. After lunch, I would walk to the Instituto Cultural de Oaxaca and join some other volunteers before we all head off to catch a bus to the little pueblos, where we teach English to indigenous women and children.
In California, I was constantly on the go. My days were hectic as I rush from one job to another, only having enough time to wolf down a shitty meal at a stoplight. My sister thinks I’m completely nuts for having the ability to take 17 units, intern 14 hours a week, work 26 hours a week, and have the energy to do the dancy dancy during the weekends. However to me, being busy has been a norm since high school. Having too much time makes me feel like I’m wasting time and gets me all paranoid.
The idea of having so much free time in Mexico is both exciting and troublesome. I
The place I will be working at for the next month
know it has only been officially my second day in Oaxaca, and I should take it easy, but I really can’t! I comfort myself by reminding myself that I have managed to find a job at lively hostel. In exchange for my time, I will be receiving free accommodation. Oh, it also helps that there is a gorgeous looking guy at the hostel as well. With the money I save rent, I am going to pay for a couple weeks of Spanish lessons.
It honestly feels likes all the tourist here speaks Spanish. Wanting to socialize more with the locals, I am extremely motivated to improve my espanol. Tomorrow I will visit the bibliotecca to buy a travel book, a Spanish dictionary, and some Spanish books. I learned from a fellow volunteer that I can buy used books at the library for a very cheap price. I’m excited because there was no way I’m gonna spend $24 dollars on a Lonely Planet in America. After my expedition to the library, I want to visit 1-2 of the museums in the city, and visit some Spanish institute. My goal is to offer to work at the school in exchange for
The cathedral on Avenida Juarez
discounted classes. You would not believe how expensive Spanish classes are in Oaxaca!
Overall things have been starting off fairly well. Although I really want to go out, visit some bars, and club at night. However I'm not sure I want to cause trouble this early into my trip yet. My fingers are constantly crossed and I am waiting for something bad to happen because things are never this easy for me…
Wish me luck
Mosquito bites to date: 5
Money spent from 04/08 – 04/11 : $69.06