Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Brrr....

It's so cold in Mexico City today! According to weather.com, it's currently 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) and feels like 46 degrees Fahrenheit (8 degrees Celsius). According to my little travel clock, it's 63 degrees in my room. I'm not used to these kind of temperatures anymore - especially not in the DF!

Good thing I'm heading to Florida tomorrow where the high is supposed to be 75 degrees Fahrenheit and 80 degrees on Friday and Saturday! Even more than the weather though, I'm so excited to reunite with some Elon (University) friends to celebrate one of my former apartment-mate's (and her Elon alum husband-to-be) wedding!

And from there I'll head further north to visit my family (and friends in the area)! It's the first time I'll be home for Thanksgiving since I've been living in Mexico! Woohoo! (Though, sticking to the weather theme, we'll see how things go with the cooler temps in Maryland).




Monday, November 11, 2013

Transportation stories

I had two strange experiences with transportation last week...

Lately I've been taking a taxi to the gym in the morning to make up for sleeping a few extra minutes. On Tuesday I got in the cab and it was both an old car and driver -- like one where your first thought is, "I hope your vision and reaction time are still good enough to get me safely to my destination."

He started off by telling me the history of the road we were on: University Avenue. He said that the UNAM used to be in the center of the city and when it was moved south to the current campus they constructed University Avenue to connect the former and current campuses -- which is also why it runs diagonally. (I could neither confirm or deny with my quick Google search, but it makes sense).

He asked what I was studying and when I answered "Latin American Studies," he decided to give me me a free lesson on Latin America's history, complete with a diagram he wrote/drew... while driving.

Latin America's history, according to
my taxi driver
I know that the left side is Latin America, the right side is Europe, the top is before the Europeans arrived in Latin American and the bottom half is after. The top left (Latin America before the Europeans) includes the Mayans, Aztecs and other group(s) I can't make out. Other than that, I couldn't really tell you what's going on in his explanation -- though that might also have something to do with the fact that I was a bit more concerned about my safety and that his taximeter was overcharging me.

He also told me that he was an accountant and is now in the process of writing 8 books (I didn't ask if he's writing the books while driving as well).

Later in the week, on my way home from the gym I got into the the same metro car as Edson and his niece on their way to work, though I didn't see or hear them. I later got the text message - "que es lo que hablas cuando vas en el metro?" ("what were you saying in the metro?"). I needed to have the Polish National Anthem memorized by that night (more on that later) and had been singing to myself under my breath -- they just happened to catch me looking like I was talking to myself on the metro. :)