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Ummm... I thought my days of Engrish were long over...

Nope!

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I understand that this is pronounced differently in Spanish.
I know this.

And yet...I just can't help myself.

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Down By the Bay

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Driving along the camion.

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New Students

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Grecia, Mariela, Emilia, and Carolina.

2nd graders on the day "sin uniforme" (no uniform!).
They're silly.

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Ensenada

More on that...

EGAD, reader! Has it REALLY been nearly a month since my last post?

Good gravy.

My apologies.

The last month has been full of readjustments to people, climate, housing, work life, and weekends.
I have been planning lessons like crazy, attending the rock climbing gym, watching more movies in one concentrated time than ever before, and at times, festejando (partying, I guess) and eating like a king.

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Homemade Ceviche, with tostadas, and a Costa Rican-style salad.
Mmmm!

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Running injuries. Stupid.

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Lunch...burrito with beer!

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The luchador and I...

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LIMES!

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Down by the bay; pelican.

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An old-timey washing machine turned into a cow statue!

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Hussong's, Baja California's oldest bar.

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My newest obsession, Kinder Sorpresa (Kinder Surprise) and the toys inside (I actually don't like white chocolate!)...

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Our favorite Taqueria kitchen...

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Condiments necessary to any good Mexican meal.

From here on out, I will attempt to post a photo a day, as I did in the Korea blog for a while. And I stress the word "attempt." !

Posted by lrbergen 19:25 Archived in Mexico Comments (0)

Another Day, Another Country

new adventures of old lyndsey

Welcome to the awsnapmexico blog!

Bet you didn't think I'd continue with that screen name, eh? Well, I did and here we are!

It's been 2 weeks since I've moved to Ensenada, Mexico, and what an exciting life it is! Well...kind of.
I finally made it out of Korea alive, made a whirlwind trip of the USA (with stops in Cleveland, Detroit, and LA, Berkeley and San Francisco) in a little over a month, and accepted a teaching job in sunny Mexico. What a busy 2 months it's been.

Moving right along...

Ensenada is about 1.5 hours south of San Diego, in the state of Baja California, Mexico. It's a relatively small coastal town, one that is (unfortunately) a port for Carnival cruise lines, making every Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday days to avoid the downtown area like the plague for fear of being mistaken for a boat person. Not that there's anything wrong with these people, but I am tired of hearing advertisements for services offered to these people. There's a sense of self-righteousness, I suppose.

I am living with two other American girls in a house 15 minutes (walking) from the school. Right now, we don't have water. They turned it off. And I'm not sure when they'll turn it back on. My school is a Catholic private school for preschool to 5th grade. I teach 25 2nd graders the first half of the day and 26 3rd graders the second half. It's been a challenge because the students had 3 teachers before me this year, so there's not a lot of discipline going on there. I'm trying to whip them into shape while trying to decide if I'll stay here.

As you all know, I'm a bit of a foodie and in that department, Ensenada has it going on, so to speak. They put lime on EVERYTHING (I LOVE lime), cilantro on most things, and the tacos/burritos/tostadas/ceviche are as fresh as they come. Mangoes, pineapples, and limes are the cheap fruits here; apples, bananas, and oranges are expensive. I have learned to start putting lime in my beer (which is darn tasty) and powdered salsa on my mango. I eat like royalty every day.

And every day that I've been here has been sunny...another perk of living on the Pacific coast. I've been told that this weather is typical, with a few hot days scattered in, or in the winter, cold ones. Sometimes the fog comes rolling in, obscuring the downtown area from the view from up in the hills (where we live). There is a Wal-Mart here. There is also an Applebee's. I am steeped in American culture, which I'm not sure I like. This will play a part in my decision to stay or go.

Where are the pictures? you may ask. I'm glad you asked.

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This ad for luchadores is right around the corner from our house.

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I've never seen so many VW Beetles. The old kind. They're everywhere.

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This, unfortunately, is not my house. It's an older house downtown. Houses don't typically look like this here.

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You know, I was kind of missing the blatant racism of Korea. Fear not!

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Parrot for sale downtown.

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This flag is HUGE. Like...REALLY BIG. It's one of 6 huge flags in the country. Quite a good landmark.

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I still love graffiti, and there's no shortage of it here. It's finding the nice stuff that's hard.

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This reminded me of Banksy, a well-known anonymous graffiti artist. He's amazing. This says "Graffiti should unite people, not divide them."

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Luchador masks for sale to tourists. And really, anyone who really needs a luchador mask.

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Other wares for sale downtown: colorful bobblehead turtles.

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What better way to show your support for the arts than buying a Frida Kahlo bag off the street.

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More graffiti.

That's it for now...I don't know if it's my Internet connection or my computer, but I can no longer upload pictures in bulk. This will be slow-moving and possibly painful.

Posted by lrbergen 23:25 Archived in Mexico Comments (0)

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