Everyday…

One day when I really needed some time to myself and do a lot of thinking, I decided to go for a super long walk.  I walked from Plaza Las Americas to the Zona Hotelera until I got to Hotel Imperial.  Anyway, it’s quite the walk and perfect for what I needed.  Along the way, I had some visitors and I couldn’t resist the urge to take some pics…yes I looked like a tourist, but who cares?  Who usually sees a crab on their walk?  Or even an iguana? (I mean if you live anywhere close to where I live, this is not the norm).  I love it!  I don’t think I could ever tire of it.  In fact the sunrise, sunset, and ocean get more amazing everyday. 🙂

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Taxi!

Although, my Spanish is improving, it is far from where it needs to be to actually carry a conversation.  A few things I can “get by” with by knowing a few basics here and there…and one of them is getting in a taxi and getting home.  I know how to say where I live and give them specific directions once they get into Residencial Las Americas(it’s complicated for mailmen and delivery guys)…

Anyway, I jump into a taxi the other night and say where I live, not even thinking.  The cab driver says, (in Spanish) I don’t know where that is.  When you jump into a taxi, you never know what kind of personality you might get, so I didn’t know if he was serious or not.  I wait just a little bit, then I thought I heard him laugh.  So I say, “muy gracioso.”  Then I see, he has no idea where to go.  He then tells me he is from Akumal.  So I do not worry, but my Spanish is very limited and I didn’t have my dictionary with me.  (not that it would help at 11:00pm anyway-when I can’t see).  So I say a few limited things and give directions and I got to mi casa!  Yay!  I just had to laugh when I got home.

 

trabajo?

I’m so sorry I haven’t updated you lately…let’s just say there is has been personal mucho stuff going on… and it has to do with my job.  I am going to refrain from saying anything about my job(just in case).  Let’s just say, it hasn’t worked out for me.  So, things have taken a severe turn!  I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be in Cancun, let alone teaching here…then let alone quitting a job here!  NO, I am not crazy… I have just come to a point in my life that all the things that I feel I “should” do are not going to bother/get to me.  I need to live MY life, not someone else’s life.  I love that I have made a drastic change to move to another country and the change in career is going to wake me up even more!  Sometimes people (including me) decide something and feel that is the way it should be…forever, when in fact, that is not the case.  Sometimes we might not know where the road might lead, but just because there are detours along the way doesn’t mean we should stop…they might lead to something better and beyond our wildest dreams.  I know without a single doubt in my mind, heart, and soul that I am making the right decision.  I love life and all its ups and downs… I know that there are many more to come.  As I encounter my ups and downs, the way I look at things changes as well.  I appreciate the beautiful sunrise that I see on my way to work…I appreciate the wonderful wind I feel on the crowded bus to where ever I might go, I appreciate the smiles I see when I know that the people I see are working long, hard hours to do jobs that are anything but great…  I appreciate that I am alive, breathing, healthy, smiling, the sun is shining, I have food, a place to live, and beautiful friends and family, and of course…I live in an amazing place.  Me encanta Cancun and Mexico!

Residencial Las Americas

Ants Everywhere

I think I might be starting to get used to things a little bit!  When I got here, I noticed something right away… If you leave a crumb or something sticky or even some sand from the beach; you will have visitors that seem to magically appear-ANTS!  These little things aren’t like the ones in the mid west(US).  These ants are brownish and smaller…and super fast!  They love crumbs, anything in my purse, and sand.  I think they love everything.  One morning I woke up to find that I had cold medicine(cough drop) that was partially opened in my purse…I had 30 little ants trying to attack!  The one day I came back from the beach and emptied out my beach bag in the sink…I know, I know, why not outside?  I don’t know?? Lazy?  Anyway, I didn’t realize that there was still a little sand around the sink.  Ants everywhere!  They are also trying to invade my classroom…my assistant found ant eggs by the window.  I was wondering why we had a parade of las hormigas everyday!  Now when I see them, I look for the culprit and take care of it and it’s not a big deal.

I found this online…might have to try it?

Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it “home”, can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains , but it works & you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

Surprise!

Yesterday a teacher told me that a student found a SCORPION in his backpack!  I guess she had one of the maintenance guys take it outside and get rid of it.  I would’ve freaked out more than the kids! AWWWWWWWWWW!  Where does the kid live, in the jungle?!  I know, they are probably around a lot more than I think… scary!

Tourist?

My friend and I get on a bus tonight(route 44 that goes to La Gran Plaza).  The bus driver just shakes his head no and says no hotel zonera.  I say, “yo vivo aqui!” (I live here). We don’t want to go to the hotel zone.  It made me laugh…  I will always look like a tourist, which is fine. 🙂

Neighborhood ninos

The other night (Friday) I wasn’t feeling very motivated.  After work sometimes it takes quite an effort to do anything.  Also, at work, they have been fixing the air conditioners…so we have been just sweating like crazy!

Anyway, I finally got some motivation to go for a run(when the sun started to go down).  When I left for my run, the neighborhood kids were playing fútbol in the street. They use garbage cans for the goal!  Yes, it’s pretty safe.  When I got back, I decided to hang out for a bit outside and watch.

Later the kids were really funny.  They all came up to me trying to ask me tons of questions.  One little boy was so happy to say he knew English, because he’s from Jamaica.  He was my little translator for the night!

One boy asked if I believed in Santa Claus(most of them were around 10 yrs. old).  I thought it was a trick question or something…I said Why?  They went on to explain that they really didn’t know and they were going to put a video camera in the house at night.  I said that I know how he can get in houses in the US, but not here(no chimney)!  They already had an idea-there is a small hole in the house on the second floor.  Duh?!  I haven’t seen this hole they are talking about, but ok that works.

One little boy even inquired about me having a husband or a boyfriend.  I said no to both.  Then said, why are you interested? haha He said-well then, whose jeep is that in front of your house sometimes?!  Looks like I have some very curious vecinos(neighbors). 🙂

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Slimy thing

I found out yesterday that I didn’t have a ride to work, so instead of trying to call another teacher for a ride, I was going to get a cab.  I usually leave my house at 6:00a.m.  It is pretty dark at this time, but I happened to see this slimy thing slithering by my sidewalk.  I thought it was unbelievably disgusting, but I didn’t kill it.  It looks like a little snake, but it’s the size of a huge worm.  I don’t know…anything that looks like this better stay away from my house! haha

Cancun vs. Africa

Today I was checking my email ready to delete tons of emails when I recognized a very familiar and strange name…Momodou Mambouray.

I guess I should back up just a bit in my story…

Before I decided to move to Cancun, I knew that I really needed a challenge.  I happened to stumble upon many stories, pictures, and jobs from Africa.  I even read 3 or 4 books about different areas of Africa and thought this must be what I should do next.  I found this job that sounded like a great opportunity and would help the poorest of the poor.  It was a job teaching teachers in Africa.  It is for an organization called IFESH(International Foundation for Education & Self Help).  They hire teachers from all over and bring them to Arizona, train them, then send them off to areas in Africa.  I applied for a position before the end of March and hadn’t heard back from them.  I had to write an essay, get 3 letters of recommendation, resume, cover letter, and application…no easy process.  I didn’t hear back from them-UNTIL TODAY!  They said they have been trying to contact me(I had my phone shut off before I left).  They said they have a position open in Ethiopia and Liberia.

I believe that everything happens for a reason…my mom and I took a trip to Cancun in March, applied and got the job in April(really fast and easy), and now I’m here on a new adventure.

I’m just in shock to think of what my life would’ve been like/not been like if I would’ve gotten an offer and accepted with IFESH… definitely not palm trees and Coronas, that’s for sure!  I know I was meant to be here at this time.  Even if I don’t stay here forever, that’s okay.  Life is meant for taking risks and stepping out of your comfort zone… where ever that may be.  🙂