Well… we survived our first weekend in Mexico. Surprisingly, we did not get abducted by drug cartel nor have we had diarrhea nonstop since arriving here. Crazy thing is, those were the only two things people really warned us about before moving to Mexico. Most of those people had never traveled down here, so we took their advice with a grain of salt.
But we are here! We are absolutely loving San Cristobal! It is a beautiful little town/city that is surrounded by mountains and jungle. It is about 7,000 feet in altitude so it is not the super hot Mexico you would imagine, but stays rather cool and very tropical. We have been exploring through the town and we are really surrounded by so many indigenous groups and artisans. Today in church, the woman who said a prayer in Sunday School said it in a indigenous language, so we did not understand anything she said.
So… we have been spending our time with my boss, Anita, who has been showing us around the town and getting us oriented into our new work. It has been a whirlwind, but absolutely amazing! She has taken us to different markets, churches, and to meet with some of the people we are going to be working with. The landscape is absolutely gorgeous, and we get to walk everywhere. We are so much taller than all the people around us, especially the indigenous groups. We have met a few people that barely go up past Caitlin’s waist. She is really enjoying being a tall gringa. And her Spanish is improving really quickly. I can’t wait until we can just speak to each other in Spanish all the time.