This gives you a small idea of what happens here just about every day. The rain starts at about 7:00 PM and three streets flood in the entire city of Tehuacan. It just so happens, though, that those three streets are the street our school is on, the street we live on, and the street that connects the two. Needless to say, it is an adventure every time we walk home. (Our favorite part of this picture is actually the baker that you can see leaning out from behind his door in the background...)
Well.... Kelly looks great. Sadly, this is somewhat reminiscent of how we first met (not the kissing part; just the awkwardness). Anyways, this photo is in celebration of a great victory won this last week. Shorts are now permitted for the male teachers. Since I am the only male teacher, this rule exclusively benefits me. Don't feel too bad for the other teachers though. They get to wear skirts.
I was able to show off my major nursing skills here when our lovely roommate Gina fell into a construction hole on her first walk home from class in the brown water. Poor girl. She is terrified of shots but definitely had to get a tetanus shot after the massive gash that was put in her leg. Brian also came to the rescue by reentering the battle ground to find some band-aids. What a trooper! Especially considering he did not know the word for band-aid and had to try and find "bandages that are sticky around the edges but not in the middle" instead. Gotta love second languages!
Because of the previous pictures you can probably guess we are in need of some serious rain gear. Lucky for us, Kelly took a trip out to the Bodega Aurrera to get some ponchos. Apparently the kids section is not very well separated from everything else because when we tried them on they became lovely little pea-coat rain frocks. On the plus side, our top halves have never been drier!
Como se dice Krabby Patty?
The other day we got into a real bind and had to send our laundry away to get cleaned. It's a little more expensive (a whopping 6 dollars total) but the scent of a freshly washed and pressed shirt is priceless. I promise that I do have other shirts besides this red striped one...
We had a "little" visitor the other day. This is what the Mexicans would call "muy grande". This moth could have honestly carried away a small child.
Get that corn out of my face! We found it! It's real! Corn vendors galore! Even more interesting, Tehuacan has a long history with it's corn. Who knew that we were going to be living in the corn capital of Mexico. The particular corn man that we visited constantly yells (in the loudest voice I have ever heard, seriously you can hear him for blocks) "Joven!" which means young person... I don't really understand. In fact I must say that it made me not want to buy corn from him at all. It really was delicious, though, so I guess the corn man knows best.
Yay for monthly temple trips to Oaxaca (Wa-ha-ca)! It was so cool to be able to go to the temple and much needed. The actual temple experience was mostly the same but everything leading up to it was very different. We payed our 220 pesos to the bishop for the bus fair, got to the church at 6 a.m., took our 4 hour bus ride, and didn't make it home until 7:30 p.m. It was totally worth it. It made us realized just how spoiled we are living literally 3 minutes from the temple in Provo.
There are many things that I love about this sign. It is meant to help you know what to do in case of a fire or earthquake and the captions explain everything. If you just look at the pictures, however, the steps seem a little different:
3.) Punch someone in the stomach
5.) Obey the Chinese
9.) Read a magazine underneath a flock of birds
Okay so we may have added one more small adventure to our temple trip. Burger King has never been so desirable, and how could we resist the BK Club Crowns... it's almost as if they were made for us.
So... I may have liked the icecream cone a little too much. I was craving one all day and so I ordered a shake, but when my shake turned out to be more milky than ice-creamy I had to supplement it with this bad boy, and I enjoyed it to it's fullest! Brian on the other hand just looks frightened;)
We had to share the joy of Burger King with our roommates Gina, Ramon, and Tere. They are the newest members of the BK Club (now known as the Brian and Kelly Club) and they couldn't be happier. Although the paper crowns were probably not what they had in mind when we told them we brought them presents from Oaxaca...