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Getting Used to Life In Mexico

Posted by Cristy Marsh on Wed, Jan 17, 2018 @ 10:43 AM

I’ve become incredibly comfortable with my routine in the Mexico.

I wake up in the morning and have breakfast with my house mom Lucia, and my roommates Nichole and Logan. After breakfast we go to school from 8-2 (I know that might sound overwhelming and dreadful, but school is actually quite enjoyable regardless). At 2:30 or so we have our main meal at our house mom’s home and enjoy some time to relax. In the afternoon, we either have free time to explore, eat and shop or we have a planned event. Afternoon events differ from day-to-day; sometimes we visit monks, go to museums or even teach English to underprivileged children in school. The weekends are always planned with fun excursions; my favorite thus far being climbing the pyramids. 

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While I’m used to my life here in Mexico, missing the holidays with friends and family was incredibly hard. I won’t sugarcoat it, I let a few tears fall on Christmas morning when I saw photos of my family together celebrating. Getting together with my friends here and celebrating made the day better, we even had a secret Santa amongst the group. 

Topics: study abroad, Mexico, travel, travel abroad in college, life, bearcats on the road

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