Today was a chillax day, which was nice (all this running around has made me quite tired, even if said running has been enjoyable).
Started out by arising late at 10 AM (mainly because I could. Mainly because I'd stayed up late writing my blog last night :) ), getting dressed, and eating breakfast. (My MM came into the kitchen as I was eating and said, "You woke late today" or something like that. I just smiled sheepishly at her). After that, Connor, Brandon, Scott, Christina, and I decided to go to the city center, where Wal-Mart was (Scott needed to buy pillows). So we walked to where we catch the bus for school, and caught the Copo Route 3 bus to the city center. Here's some pictures from the walk to the bus stop:
|Isn't it pretty? It's important to note this is not the flower on the plant. These are just the leaves.|
|This little tiny white flower is the actual flower :) (Cool huh? And they have this plant everywhere in Merida, in lots of different colors).|
|Here's a picture of a lime tree - they also have these everywhere, I believe.|
|This is another pretty flower I found, growing under a window.|
|Here's some other flowers, actually growing on a tree.|
|Another another tree flower.|
|And a tree with colored leaves that only look like flowers.|
Another difference is the products. I don't believe they sell mopeds in the American Wal-Marts...
Or sell, "pack it yourself" meat. (There are gloves, Styrofoam, and wrap provided. The meat is kept in these chilled boxes).
Or whatever this comfy, swingy thing is...
They also don't play catchy Latino music (which was SO fun to listen to. I had to resist the urge to dance). Annnd, in the Wal-Mart they have little "try this!" vendors everywhere, which was fun. I didn't try anything, but we did ask one if they knew where the umbrellas were. Anyway, at the end of the Wal-Mart escapade, I ended up buying a Sunny D tasting drink and this delicious treat:
|It's marshmallow with a Strawberry jelly on top. (Can you say yum?)|
Anyway, after that (and after two of our group members got shooed away from the playground meant for the 6-12 year olds) we came back to our bus stop (which looks like this. Yes, we are standing under and overpass):
This is where it gets exciting. So, we get on the bus, all confident that we'll be able to get off the bus at the right time. Which, well, we would've, if not for the fact that the bus was jammed full by the time we got to our stop. See, normally, the bus driver knows to pull over because you stand up. Well, when you have a whole isle of people standing up (when the seats are full, you can stand in the aisle, holding onto the metal bar above your head) that kind of goes out the window. We found out later that there is a little button you can press to let the driver know to let you off. We shall definitely remember that for next time. So, long story short, we ended up getting off at the end of the line. Luckily, the end of the line was el Centro. So, we just walked the four or so blocks to the buses we used last night (luckily Connor had it all mark on his google maps on his phone. #ilovetechnology). Here's a pigeon I saw at the bus stop (the one to take us back home).
And this is a picture of us on the bus ride home (with Scott doing a true rendition of what we felt like).
|Left to Right: Me, Scott, Connor|
|The popcorn our MM brought us while we were blogging.|
|The spicy dip MM brought us to try with our popcorn. It was actually pretty good!|
|A bad pictures of the dancers performing there. Next week I'll try to get a video posted!!|
|The sketchy vendor food I ate :P Just kidding, it wasn't sketchy. And it was a yummy cheese tamale! (We're gonna go with that because I can't remember the real name of it, lol).|
|The enormous ice cream I bought. You should've seen the look on everyone's faces when I rejoined the group. Conner exclaimed, "What did you get??" (Also, note the charro on the left side of the bowl there).|
After all that, we decided to head home as it was getting late. So we caught the bus home (we didn't get lost this time, thank goodness). MM had dinner waiting for us (well, she told us she'd have dinner waiting if we needed food when we got back) but we ended up not eating it (I was stuffed, mostly from ice cream).
And now it is time to hit the sack (sleep sounds SO good right now). And to randomly mention that something else I noticed today is that in Mexico, instead of .com on the end of website addresses it's .mx.
~R J Carr