|my table at Cafe Brujula|
Travelling alone takes a lot of effort! I am not by nature an extrovert but I do enjoy the company and conversation of others. In a week, I have joined the Library, met 2 or 3 people whose company I might enjoy, participated in a walking tour and made an effort to set up my volunteer work. I should be starting soon.
Through Skype, I talk to Maman every day and to Monsieur frequently. I write my blog, started making notes for my children's story and I have read a few books. I've spent 2 months previously in Oaxaca so I won't be sight-seeing unless it is with a cultural guide. There are some opportunities to visit
textile coops or libraries in the pueblos. The fees for these tours are used to help the people of the area.
Yesterday, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed. Small things like accessing money can cause worries…
"What if the machine swallows my card?" "I get robbed?" etc. Yesterday, I visited the Santander Bank.
No problem. I walked down the pedestrian street and I bought a history book of Mexico. I can read in Spanish and reading will increase my vocabulary. I think that possibly the effort to construct meaning from unfamiliar words may even ward off brain ageing.
|the Old Gringa|
As I was sitting in the Café Brujula reading, the young man next to me started a conversation. There aren't many Old Gringas sitting reading Mexican history, I guess. It turns out that he had visited Winnipeg for three months. We spoke for about half an hour in a mixture of Spanish, English and a smattering of French. When in my life do I ever meet an interesting young man who loves languages?
country is to be informed and respectful of the culture.
Happy International Women's Day!