Abi Everywhere
Discovering the world ... one country at a time
Hola from Patzcuaro!

Hi! My name is Abigail Adams Carroll. I am 9 years old and am from Wilmington, North Carolina. About three weeks ago, my family and I traveled from Wilmington to Patzcuaro, Mexico, where we’ll be living for six months. While we’re here, my father and mother are writing a book.

I decided to keep this blog to tell you about what’s happening here in Patzcuaro. While I’m here, I’ll tell you the things I’m doing and the places we go, the people we meet and the things we see. My dad, mom and little sister Eleanor will be keeping blogs, too ... but MY blog will be from the unique perspective of a soon to be sullen American pre-teen who has crazy parents, a bratty sister, and a big loco perro who thinks he’s a chihuahua!

This picture of me was taken in our new home. Our new home has a little loft where we all sleep and a great big living area down below, with a nice little garden in the bathroom. We will be posting some pictures later. I like to curl up in the loft and read. In fact, I will be posting book reports as part of my home school work.. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find your next great read – until my mom and dad’s book comes out (they made me put that in here).

In my next posts, I’ll be telling you about the trip here and all the things we saw and did on the way to Mexico. Right now, we’re getting ready to walk to the village to visit the market in the historic Centro to buy our food for the day from some of the stands run by the local Indians.

More to come ... Hasta luego!

2006-08-18 18:28:36 GMT
Comments (5 total)
Dear Abigail,

Hello. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and observations on your Mexico journey with us. We are looking forward to reading your blog. Karabella is officially starting her first grade homeschool on September 4th, and she would like to correspond with you through your blog and this comments section, as sort of pen-pals. What do you think? Enjoy your adventures in Mexico!

Godmother Janice
2006-08-19 15:18:09 GMT
Dear Abi,

We are truly happy you will be sharing with us your family's adventures from YOUR perspective! I am glad you like the Mexican food you are experiencing. Does Rommel like it as much as you do?
--Aunt Elizabethsj
2006-08-19 19:02:33 GMT
PS Abi, you can also e-mail me at mzesj@yahoo.com

Where does Rommel sleep?
--Aunt Elizabethsj
2006-08-19 23:26:17 GMT
Hi, Aunt Janice!
How are things going with Novare? Give Karabella a hug for me (and Deneb, too!).

I would love to be penpals with Karabella. She can write me at abi@paxgaea.com.

Hi, Aunt Elizabeth,
Rommel sleeps on the floor on my side of the bed on an old pillow. He likes it here a lot because he gets to run free in Gringolandia, AND he has a girlfriend and two others, one is blind and one is deaf. Much love to you and Uncle Philip!
Yours, Abi
2006-08-20 03:06:39 GMT
Dear Abi,

We are glad Rommel is not too particular in girlfriends! We also hope your mom and dad are keeping watch on him. He may need a chaperone![carabina!]

I wanted to tell you one more thing about me, since you have two Aunt Elizabeths. Every girl should be so lucky, right?

Your other Aunt Elizabeth has two sons. I have one daughter. My daughter is twenty-six and has been married for more than a year now. They have a beautiful home near ours. When my daughter was about your age, she wrote and wrote and wrote. She loved to express her feelings in writing, even if no one ever saw what she wrote. One year in middle school, she was picked to write an essay about anything she wanted. She decided she would do what her teacher asked. She could write on any topic she chose... on her own and with NO help from me or anyone .... She chose to write why she was glad she lived in America, since she had friends from other countries. Several weeks later, we were delighted that my daughter, Catherine, had won a contest that was judged by the lieutenant governor of South Carolina and some people who helped him. I remember taking her to the State House in Columbia, SC. She met Lieutenant Governor Nick Theodore, a Democrat. He presented her with a gold medalion on a red-white-and-blue ribbon, which he draped around her neck. He also presented her with a framed certificate honoring her achievements in composition. I promise you 100% that I did NOT help her write the composition! I knew it was her work, and she would make it or not on her own. Today, Catherine has a master's degree and is a licensed social worker who works for the Austin Wilkes Society. She oversees all the quality-control programs for vets and such. So, I wanted to share this little story with you. Even if you "think" you have nothing to say ... which is what Cat~ said to me, way back then ... you never know where your writing will take you! I love the saying, "Aim for the MOON! If you fail, at least you will land on a STAR!"

Uncle Philip, our dogs, and I are sending much love to you, your family, and Rommel!

I wish you all the best in the world!
Aunt Elizabeth SJ

--Aunt Elizabethsj
2006-08-20 06:23:58 GMT
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