We leave in less than a week! We can’t believe that the time has flown by so fast! We are having trouble remembering exactly the order of the menu this week, so we will start with today and work our way back. Today for breakfast we had French toast and mango yogurt with fresh fruit and coffee. For comida we had chicken in a sauce made of cacahuates (peanuts) and tomato-y something else. It was delicious as always. Yesterday we had eggs with sausage and tortillas. For comida we had something very interesting. It was a bowl with white rice in the bottom. Then Mama put a black bean and meat stew type stuff over it. At the table, we put tons of pico de gallo in it with enough cilantro to make Jillian salivate. For dessert we had what we have named an ice cream loaf. It had a ripple of fudge in the middle and was obviously in the shape of a loaf. Saturday we had an interesting breakfast. We’re not exactly fans of this dish. Thick bread was buttered and on top was a thick slathering of beans with cheese. For lunch on Saturday we had refried beans and beefy stuff for making tacos. Friday for breakfast we had pancakes of course with the usual side dishes. For comida we had alphabet soup first and potato patties with cheese breaded and fried. The idea was to cut up the fried potato and put it in a tortilla with the fixins of your choice. Our brother, of course, ate mostly sour cream. Thursday for breakfast we had breakfast burritos with eggs and sausage. For Thursday’s comida, we had a party at the school for the group of students that left last week. They served some sort of delicious Mexican lasagna in which the pasta layers were made of tortillas. We also had a mixed salad and fresh bread… and of course, we had beans. It was veeeery pleasing. Felipe, our gate keeper contributed to the party with his famous margaritas. We also had a good laugh at one of the school staff members attempting/forcing us to dance. There was a live mariachi band at the party. A really cute little boy played in it, and the crazy staff member made Jillian give the shy kid a kiss on the cheek. We thought he would fall over. Wednesday for breakfast we had ham and cheese quesadillas. For comida we had Mexican barbecue or “barbacoa.” It had a sweet dark sauce on it and Mama served it with white rice. She says our Uncle Victor doesn’t like it much, but we’re glad we got a chance to eat it! YUM!
We’ve been going out dancing with our friends almost every night! Needless to say, we’ve yet to improve our salsa skills. We’re pretty sure that we will make it home with our four left feet still intact. Saturday we went to the market to buy regales (gifts) for family and such. The market in the Centro is really hoppin on Saturdays. We saw a lion in a cage from the circus that has been in town since we got here. We’ve yet to visit. We also saw clowns. Sunday after comida, our mama taught us each how to make our respective favorite thing. Jillian of course made salsa, and Sarah refried her first set of beans. Somos cocineras(cooks)! We got to eat both today, and let us just say the cooking lesson was a success. After comida, we went to Xochicalco with some of our friends. They are GIANT ancient ruins about 30 minutes outside of Cuernavaca. For pictures of the ruins, click this link!
They truly are beautiful! We did however get racially profiled when we got there. We had to pay for a ticket to get in because we are not “locals.” We also both got sunburned even after we got made fun of for applying children’s sunscreen by our friends. The sunscreen unfortunately smells like crayons, but we decided it’s better to smell like childhood than to look like lobsters. Jillian had the pleasure of almost peeing her pants after seeing a giant WILD iguana in her path. Also, the drive there was laden with wild horses and burros (donkeys).
We spent our last day with our sweet Uncle Victor. We both said goodbye a little teary-eyed. He told us to keep the toy horse that he stole from the birthday party. We promised. We are however very angry that we didn’t get any pictures with uncle victor. We are SO MAD at ourselves. This just means that we will have to return again. The thought of leaving on Friday morning makes us both very sad. It is kind of a bitter-sweet goodbye. We will be so happy to see our friends and family, but this place has left a mark on our hearts. See you soon, American fam!
Sarah and Jillian