|Semester students and intern, Grace, during our excursion to Taxco|
I moved in with an amazing family of three. My host mom is wonderful. At first my host mom was very nervous about having to cook vegetarian meals for me; however, she now spoils me rotten with her delicious cooking. My host dad and I bond by watching soccer (which is not my favorite thing to do) but it is fun watching him get into the zone, and when Mexico won the last game, he gave me his flag and noisemakers so that I would be able to celebrate the “proper” way. My host brother is eleven years old and is one of the most well-mannered children I have ever met. He is trying to learn English and I have to admit that his English is ten times better than my Spanish. One of my goals when living with my host family is to learn more Spanish. After having spoken with the other students here, everyone seems to be in agreement that their host families are amazing.
My host mom and I have talked about everything, including her experience as a single mother in Mexico and the troubles that she has had to endure. Before my host mom married her current husband, she was a single mother for eight years. She talked with me about how men assume that if a woman cannot keep a husband around, then she is not a good wife. This assumption plays into her role of getting a job as well. Women are looked at as unstable if they were once married and now they are not, and employers believe that they cannot work if they are not stable. Listening to her story was inspiring. She has gone through a lot in order to provide her son with a good future.
The other exciting thing that we had an opportunity to participate in was a tour of a city called Taxco de Alarcon. Taxco is an old silver mining city, and mining silver is its main source of income. Our tour guide, Guillermo, showed us many different unique things about the city. My favorite part of the tour was the church. The church is very interesting to me because the indigenous people were forced to build the church and because they were forced to build a Catholic church, they incorporated their own beliefs into the walls and carvings of the church, and in many places you are able to see where they put the carvings. We were also able to take some time to shop and buy silver jewelry or other things if we wanted.
Guillermo (our tour guide) told us that the houses are required to be all white.
It is actually a law! It is in order to keep the city looking presentable.
After all of the things this week had to offer us, I think it is safe to say that we are happily exhausted.