1- Puerto Escondido
2- Tuxtla Gutierrez
3- San Cristobal de las Casas
11- Mexico City (to and from airports)
Some places I've visited:
- Teotihuacan (Ruins)
-Also ruins in Cholula, and Palenque
- Canon del Sumidero (Ziplined through their forest, I REALLY want to go back!)
- Between 20-30 churches
- Las Grutas de Cacahuamilpa (Caves)
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Temple in Oaxaca :)
Miles traveled by bus- Approximately 2,760 miles
-This doesn't include Kombis, or taxi's...WOW!
My blog is titled, "Footprints left behind in Mexico," yeah? So I was curious as to how many miles my feet have, and will travel throughout this awesome country.
To do this math, I calculated my miles walked to and from school each day. Now we didn't have school on the weekends, but I still had to walk to church on Sundays which is a little farther than the school. The walk to school was 1.5 miles...then the walk back was the same, so we'll say I walked an average of 3 miles everyday. Saturdays our group usually did something, or we were on vacation and I am sure that we walked way more than 3 miles each day. So here is what it boils down to:
127 days in Mexico + 3 miles walked everyday=give or take a little would be...
381 MILES WALKED BY FOOT. That's a lotta walkin'!
Just some other fun facts:
- Taken 2
- Hotel Transylvania
- The newest Bourne Movie, whatever it is called.
- Breaking Dawn Parte 2
Skype calls from family- 0Skype calls from friends- 0
Phone calls made/received- 0
Text Messages sent/received- 0
-Am I a popular person or what!?
*I did receive many emails, one package, one letter, one birthday card, and I am beyond blessed for them! :)
- One was at the superb Relief Society broadcast we had this semester, and the other is the day I will have to say goodbye to all the amazing people I have met. (I have come close SO many times though.)
- The first time I got lost was my very first day in Mexico. I landed in the Mexico City airport, went through customs, grabbed my luggage, and was lost for 5 hours after that. I was on the verge of tears, but I knew that I was going to be ok. I finally found the other girls, and did a celebratory leap inside my soul.
- The second time was my second day in Tehuacan. I had to walk to school with a crappy map, and a good sense of direction. Considering I had only seen the city once, (in a car) I was for sure lost....for an hour and a half. I'm not really sure how I found the school, but I thank God that he helped me!
- Cholula- Since there are 7 teachers, we have to take 2 taxi cabs when we travel. This time, we somehow got split up, and ended up in different parts of town. It was an experience, and a fun one at that.
- Every other place we vacationed for that matter! Getting lost is just something you have to be prepared for in another country. Keep a calm mind, say a few prayers, and know that there is ALWAYS someone there to help you.
|This is my favorite picture :)|
- Big Macs. Big Macs. Big Macs. And real Italian spaghetti. They do have Big Macs here, but not Italian spaghetti. :/
Other random things-
- I haven't been home sick at all since I have been here. Being at college for 6 months prepared me way beyond what I could have imagined. Four months here, isn't bad at all. And besides, you can find family in any country you live in.
- I have taught over 100 kids English while I have been here, and have loved every single one of them. Even if they chose to climb bookcases, and stick the garbage can on top of it. I should've got a picture of that!
- There was this one time, (while 5 teachers witnessed a robbery at gunpoint, and bribing police officers in Mexico City) Janessa and I had to squish 5 classes into 2. That was interesting, but glad the others made it back in time for our 6-8 class. :) (Did I mention that they are all fine, and will live to tell awesome stories one day. :)
I cannot begin express how grateful I am for the life I have been given to serve those in another country. I cannot believe that I only have 3 weeks left! Time has flown by so fast. I know I will blink, and will be standing in the airport not ready to leave behind those that I have grown to love here. I know that I must move on though. I may be leaving, but that does not mean I will forget. Remember when I said that I have only cried twice here...well make it three.