Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Read This Post From The Bottom Up!

What's the most triumphant song you've ever heard? Whatever it is, play it right now and look at this awesome picture of Brian finally conquering his fear. Roaches are pretty much an everyday occurrence here in Tehuacan and Brian has done everything within his power to stop them from coming into the school and our apartment. No matter what, they still seem to foil him every time. Today, 12 days after arrival, he finally killed his first roach! Within a matter of hours he even progressed to stepping on one with his own foot. They just grow up so fast....

This guy was amazing. He drove us everywhere throughout our entire trip, found us a way cheap place to stay, braved some insanely curvy mountain roads, and held in-depth discussions with Brian about the prevalence of public transportation in North and Central America. Can you ask for anything more?

Our beautiful beach. Rocks, sand, water, and free boogey-boards included. It sure pays to be in a travel group with 11 young American girls!

We were told that women at La Bocana would spread mud on us to help clear out our pores and cleanse our skin. We decided that throwing mud at each other was probably just about as good.

Please just take a moment and bask in all of our farmer's tan glory. Feels good doesn't it? You know what else feels good? Paying 4 bucks to go snorkeling with a personal tour guide! Viva Mexico!

"And it came to pass that the ILP Mexico group did sally forth unto the land of Monte Alban and their minds were greatly affected by the scene which was before them."

If you look closely you can see the cockroaches underneath us. That explains our serious hops.

Could we really claim to be on a service abroad program with ten 18 to 22 year old girls if we didn't take this picture?

Cartwheels Around The World
To: Stacee and Andres
From: Brian and Kelly

You'd think with how much cacti appear in cartoons and movies about Mexico that it would be one of those stereotypes that is completely not true. But it totally is! These things are everywhere. We even ate it for dinner a few nights ago...

Sure it's 98 degrees but it's never too early to start practicing for the Winter Olympic Qualifiers for couple's figure skating. That gold medal is ours!

We had our first weekend trip a few days ago and we stopped at Monte Alban; the home of some seriously impressive Zapotec ruins. We learned that many of the statues portray defeated enemies that were captured by Zapotec leaders. Apparently they used to torture them by, as Kung Fu Panda would say, damaging their "tenders".

Adios Taco Bell! Honestly, I don't think we will ever be able to eat "Mexican Food" in the States anymore. The tacos here are amazing, cheap, and everywhere. Pretty much everyone experiences some "Mexican stomach" about 20 minutes after eating but we all agree that it's worth it.

This is about as accurately as we can pinpoint our location right now but, wherever Tehuacan actually is, we love it!

Sorry guys, we didn't know that Blogger would upload the photos backwards. We have been running around like crazy and getting settled at our apartment and the school. We are hoping to post more on here soon but this is the best we can do for now. Just know that we are safe, happy, healthy, and enjoying a hot Mexican summer!


  1. First off, those are some sexy farmers tan y'all are rockin'. Everything looks super fun! I'm glad you guys are adjusting and eating some legit tacos.
    Brian, knowing about your difficulties with smashing bugs I am so proud you finally got one!
    ILP says hello and sends their love :)

  2. Wow, it looks like you guys are having a blast! Yeah, Mexican food is rarely the same once you've eaten the real stuff on a daily basis. There are some diamond's in the rough here though where you can get the good stuff.
    I'm impressed with Brian and his bravery! From what you've told me about him, he really has come a long way!

  3. I. Love. This. Y'all should consider ice-dancing as well.