I’ve started to lose track of how many days I’ve been in Mexico City. It’s not the type of forgetting that happens because you just want the days to fly by. It is actually quite the opposite, I wish the days would be longer so I’d get to spend more time here.
It feels like ages ago that I first arrived to this beautiful city yet I’ve already grown to love all the vibrant colors and all the delicious food. I remember meeting my host family who welcomed me with a warm hug and huge smile. Since then, I’ve only grown closer to them, especially to the two little girls who live with us. In just one week it’ll be Nicole’s 7th birthday, and so we’ve started to plan a surprise party for her.
As part of our research, we visited “Las Hermanas del buen samaritano”, a type of hospice home run by nuns. To my amazement, this whole place was run by donations. Not one single patient had to pay to be staying there nor for any medications. At first many of us were hesitant and slightly uncomfortable to begin working with the patients. However, once we got into a rhythm of work, it all flowed from there. I met two particular patients that caught my eyes. Ibeth and Coral, two very young girls whom did not have any terminal illness, but rather were there out of the compassion of the sisters who took them under their wing. This experience has shown me just how kind hearted people are here. <3
Once all the work was done, it was time to go exploring. A group of the northwestern students, accompanied by our quates from Universidad Panamericana, decided to go on a hike. While most of us did not come prepared to hike a mountain, it was an experience I would never trade. For starters we were face to face with two donkeys, which I swear we had heard earlier quarreling amongst themselves. We then passed mountains of cow poop and shortly after we walked past a herd of cows. We climbed and climbed. I’ve never felt more out of shape, but I’ll blame the altitude for that. Finally we reached the top, and like all good college students we began our mini photo shoots sitting at the edge of the cliff.
I realize it’s already week three which only means five more weeks left of exploring the city, trying new foods, and meeting new friends. I know for a fact that this will not be my last time coming to Mexico City because it has already gained a place in my heart.
I can’t wait for whats to come.