I woke up this morning at nine, well rested. While I was eating breakfast, Daniel and Jose came to the house. When I was finished eating, we stopped by Jose and Daniel’s house, and then began an adventure. It was hot today, easily in the eighties. Jose took us to the Parc Centro, a beautiful park in the center of the city. It is right next to a huge catholic church that is at least 250 years old, according to my host mom. We walked around the park, people watched for a bit, and then walked through a market for a while. This city is really nice. It has an upbeat, friendly vibe. It is much wealthier than I had expected; it has a very middle class feel. After walking around for a long time, we ended up at the soccer field/basketball court where we had played yesterday. We played soccer for a long time, played with Jose’s friend’s puppy, and when we were exhausted, we went back to Daniel’s house. Because Maggie had my number and not Daniel’s, we walked back to my house, saw that Maggie had called, and she came over. Manuel, my host father, took us on a walk to the school, El Nahual, where we’ll be taking Spanish classes and teaching, starting tomorrow. It is not a short walk, and includes a good sized hill halfway there. On the walk, we caught up with Maggie, whose house has eleven other people living in it, including two babies. No one was at the school, so we saw it but could not look inside. It is on the edge of the city, where new houses pop up often, as the corn fields turn into city.
After our walk, we went to Daniel’s house, played cards, and ate lunch. We then walked Maggie home, by way of my house so that Maggie and Daniel could get sunscreen. I went home with Daniel, played some cards with Daniel and Jose, and then went back to my house to take a nap. At five, I decided I should get out of bed, and took a shower. I didn’t know where my family was, so I sat on the couch and read for a while, until Sonya invited me upstairs to watch TV with the family. We watched Die Hard dubbed in Spanish, which I’m certain added to the quality of the film. When the movie was over, we ate dinner. During dinner, Gabby was flipping through the channels, and I heard something on Fox about a shooting in Arizona. We watched long enough to learn most of the story, but I got angry at the reporter for trying to beat up on the sheriff, so we turned it off. We talked for a minute about Fox news, went back upstairs to watch another film, but I didn’t last long. Since I have to wake up at seven tomorrow, it is bedtime.