Abi Everywhere
Discovering the world ... one country at a time
Traveling through Mexico

After waking up real early, Dad thought we might have to unpack the car when we arrived at the border. He even made a up a plan. All in all it was really pretty easy. All we had to do was go through some checkpoints and then Dad had to get out and go inside the Immigration office to show some forms and sign some paper. Then, just as we were about to leave the Immigration office, a security guy asked us what we were carrying and we said we had household items such as kitchen supplies, blankets, clothes, and books. Then we were on our way to Tampico. If you think driving to Washington, D.C., is hard then go to Mexico and drive to Tampico. Because we were new to Mexico, we didn’t quite know the roads and it was very different. Since there weren’t any signs pointing us to the right highway – plus all of them are in Spanish, and we know very little Spanish – we went on some little adventures that caused us to see some of the places where people live.

Boy, we sure got lost. As we started to figure out that we were getting lost, we passed by many little neighborhoods with shacks that people live in. It made me feel a little sorry for the people who live there. Finally we asked a man outside a mechanic in Matamoros who told us (in Spanish) that we needed to turn around and go to a highway next to a Walmart. That night we made it to Tampico, Mexico, and slept at a Hotel Miramar Inn and collapsed. The next day after a little sleep we drove to San Luis Potosi. After arriving we ate a little and Elea, Mom, and I fell asleep while dad wrote his blog. After we woke up we got some breakfast and headed to Morellia.

When we arrived it started to rain then pour. Soon the streets were flooding and everywhere you looked you could see people crowded in shops and water 12 inches or more deep, and to make matters worse it was dark, late, and there was traffic. At last we found a Quality Inn where they allowed pets (small dogs, not Rommel's size) so luckily for us the lady at the desk knew a vet friend who would take care of our pet for the night. That night we slept without worry. Sometime before 12:00 p.m. the nice man who took our dog returned him and made dad change Rommel diet by giving us some new dog food. Not too long after that we left to go to Patzcuaro.

It wasn’t much of a trip today; it was only about one hour. When we arrived, we were in a place called Hacienda Mariposas, where you can come to relax in a hot tub or ride one of the horses they have there or walk to the open part of the fence near the Horse’s pen off the path which leads you to a huge breathtaking meadow or choose a book from the library (in English!). We stayed at this relaxing place for a couple of nights. The next morning we awoke and then drove to a place called Villa Gardenias, which is a little hotel near the place we are staying at called Gringolandia. Well, there is the story about how we arrived!

More of my adventures later.

Oh - My dad is making me write book reports and post them, so you will be seeing some of those soon.

Good bye!

2006-08-20 02:59:04 GMT
Comments (2 total)
Since your Uncle Philip & I have seen you, we agree that you are growing into a beautiful young <i>persona</i>! Your writings are extremely important to us. What you write may be part of your home-schooling, but it is also a part of you, yourself, telling us about the experiences you have in Mexico! I am eager to hear about the garden in the bathroom!

I hope Rommel is satisfied with where he sleeps. Your Uncle Philip and I have two dogs you have never seen. One is a mixed-breed terrier we adopted from "Project Pet," a rescue organization that saves perfectly good animals from being put to death because no one wants them. That's how we adopted Scottie. THEN, to replace a purebred Shetland Sheepdog I had {WHO WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST DOG EVER!}, my vet suggested I try a Corgi, since I did not feel bringing in another Shetland Sheepdog would be fair to the new one, who would replace my other

My Welsh Pembroke Corgi decided right off that since she was a "working dog," [bred to herd the lambs with the bigger dogs who heard the sheep in Wales], that she HAD to have a sheep! She saw Scottie, my little adopted boy who is about the same age as she is. So,our Welsh Pembroke (has no tail) Corgi took upon herself the task of trying to make a sheep out of Scottie, our adopted, All-American Heinz 59 dog! Life has never been boring since! My biggest problem with Scottie, the mixed terrier, and Neely Belle, the Welsh Pembroke Corgi, is they both like to hunt. Since they live in a fenced-in back yard on a golf course, they will HUNT *anything* they can. They have bagged more squirrels than your Uncle Philip cares to remember: he has "burial duty." The have "bagged" a day-time bat, a black snake, many birds, and many frogs,etc. This past week, they bagged a possum. I supposed you know the old joke that says they are born dead on the side of the road:road kill.UCK!

But, this 'possum made the mistake of going through our backyard while the dogs were out. They "nailed" it in five seconds flat! At least the dogs do not torture the animals before they kill them. They go in for a "clean kill." Then, Uncle Philip has to do burial detail. I am glad the 'possum did not hurt either dog. I am sorry they killed it, but I am glad it did not hurt them. I have to remind myself that "This is the food chain: this is the way nature set up things." NO, I do not like it, but I do not like a lot of things that nature does, such as cause our loved ones to have Alzheimer's Disease.

I suppose you will be so busy with home schooling that you will not have a lot of time to check out the <i>joven</> where you live. You may not be interested in boys right now, but one day you may decided that boys, such as your Dad and your Uncle Philip, are ¡vale!.

If I were you, I would concentrate more on books now and less on <i>joven </i>. *smile*

I am trying to toss in a few Spanish words by using a dictionary your Uncle Philip has. Maybe you can teach me some more?

By the way, I realize you do not know me very well. I have not seen you in more than two years and four months; you were at our wedding reception with your mom and sister, Abi.

I graduated from Winthrop in 1973 with a BA in English; I graduated from USC in Columbia with a M.ED in English / Education. I have also earned about fory hours of English and education beyond my master's degree. I taught high-school English for quite a while. The best part was helping young men and women improve their writing skills. I also was certified to teach Language Arts, which is a much like reading and writing to middle-school kids. I also earned my certification in teaching Reading K-12 plus adults. One of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had is helping an adult learn to read. I really enjoy composition most of all. The text block tells my my number of characters is almost up! I'll write more later.

I love you & yor family so much!

Your Tía Elizabet SJ
--Aunt Elizabethsj
2006-08-20 05:08:25 GMT
Hi Abi,

Naturally, I am curious if you have a "reading list" of required books. I suppose your mom packed all of the homeschooling supplies you will need before you left. If you need a particular book and find that you do not have it, let me know. I will try to get the book for you. Your new mailing address and telephone number are in our address book now.

I wish this Blog had a spell checker! When I go back to reread what I've written, after it is posted, I sometimes find words I have misspelled. Perhaps I need to type a little slower on the keyboard?

Do you have a favorite author or a favorite subject about which you like to read? Do you have a library where you live now? We have so much to learn about the new home where you, Abi, and your parents are! We are eager to read anything you would like to write and tell us!

Much love,
Aunt Elizabeth SJ

--Aunt Elizabethsj
2006-08-20 21:03:40 GMT
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