Me Gusta Mexico.

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I don’t know how that happened overnight. I don’t want to leave! I guess it is a good thing that I have months before I have to pack my bags…

San Cristóbal is soooo different than Tuxtla Gutierrez. First of all, the elevation is much higher. It is more of what I expected from Mexico–with old streets of stone worn smooth from all the people walking on it. Shops and restaurants line the streets, and last night it was hopping! It’s cold too–in Tuxtla yesterday it was in the high 80’s. I froze here in San Cristóbal last night. I had two warm blankets I cuddled under all night to stop the shivering.

Apparently the market is at night–weird, right? These ladies spread their blankets on the ground, and put their clothing, hats, bags, etc. all around. As you stop to look, they use flashlights to point at the goods. I scored a beautiful bag for $100 pesos. It is a lot in pesos (like I could live on this for days and days–weeks if I only had tamales), but it is only $10 American dollars. Of course my Mexican friend helped out with this smooth whistle when a price was quoted–then she would suggest her own price.

The music is amazing! I danced my feet off too–pero, necessito clase de bailar. I need a dance class. This older man was great. He told me what to do. My friend just kept saying, “Move your hips! You have to move your hips!” It was a lot of fun, and I got to hear amazing music! I must have moved my hips, because they are sore today!

We walked to the market again (the daytime market) today. It was really great–we had to practice Spanish, because our Mexican friend wasn’t with us. I bought another bag–a little one. I justify my purchases by telling myself I will give them away at home. I bought a coconut from a man in the market. He had a large sack with ice and coconuts. He cut a hole with a knife, and stuck a straw inside. It was a little expensive though. You can see my new bolsa too (Please excuse the messy hair–I am going on a couple hours if sleep in a freezing cold room…)

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Sigh. I don’t want to leave! I am making plans on spending my birthday here for sure. I’m hoping our new friends from last night will come back too. Mucho divertido (spelling?).20120121-162306.jpg

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9 responses

  1. You’re having a blast! 🙂 Es muy divertido 😀 Soon you’ll be taking salsa lessons and then you’ll never leave.
    Eres hermosa!
    Häli

  2. Jania: you look absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! and having so much fun too…wish I was there w/you! Dancin comes from our family….my Mom told me her mom n Dad used to dance so fast and hard that she was afraid the floor would crash n they would end up in the apartment below! and your Gramma….yes, ME! I am a dancer….I simply can’t stay still when I hear music….I square dance every Wednesday and get a smile on my face that won’t leave til I do, last Saturday we had a church dance for singles and I also had a blast….honey, it’s in our blood….so glad you are getting a chance to enjoy Mexico…been keeping track of your blogs…lovyu honey!!! I also do Zumba at Curves….3 times a week. At square dancing I put 5,000 steps on my pedometer….my goal is 10,000 a day.

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