Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cuernavaca fue increible!

On 23rd June, 2017 at 17:10, I left for Cuernavaca. It was a beautiful journey of 2 hours and the scenes and landscapes I witnessed on my way to Cuernavaca were breathtaking. At the bus station, my host mother and Hippo fellow, Angeles Ramirez was there to receive me.

She gave me a warm welcome and then we went to the car. On our way to a mall, we talked a lot about Mexico, India, Cuernavaca and what not. I was already feeling so comfortable with her. We went to the mall to see my host father, Julio, playing a beautiful instrument, called Marimba.
 It was approx 19:00 and we found a place from where we could see Julio and his team playing Marimba. The sky was clear and beautiful and I was already falling in love with this place. We sat there for like 2-3 hours, enjoying the music. Angeles introduced me to a lot of new Spanish phrases and words, for example now I can fluently say, " yo ablo un poko de Espaniol" and I feel so proud of myself that I can speak at least this much of Spanish! Haha! 
Also when we were in the mall, I made a new friend, Alejandra. She runs a Facebook Group, called "Foreigners in Cuernavaca". We exchanged information about our work and stay in Mexico and she also helped me with some Spanish words and phrases.

When Julio's performance finished, we went to Walmart for little shopping and then went straight to home. There I met rest of my family, two younger brothers, Jose Maria and Emiliano.

Next day, Angeles, Jose Maria and I went for the Hippo Activity at Ureshii Club. I met the members of the club and it was so much fun meeting new people and talking about different things. We danced on SADAs, repeated different languages during METAKATSU and there were many new activities which I witnessed for the first time. Then came JIKOSHOUKAI, where I presented my Kamishibai in both Espaniol and Hindi. Also, I helped Angeles and Jose Maria to present their Kamishibai in Hindi and it was so much fun. At the end there was a bit emotional moment for everyone as Ayano, an Exchange from Japan will be leaving for Japan on Thursday and it was such a beautiful moment when I saw her host family members talking about her stay here.

After the Hippo Activities at Club Ureshii ended, Jose Maria, Angeles and I went to Teopanzolco to see the pyramids. After that, we went to Downtown. We had our lunch there and the food was delicious. Then we went to see the local market and roamed around in the streets of Downtown for some time. I tried Bolis, which is a sort of ice cream, but different type of ice cream and it was so tasty. We three spent quality time there and then by the night we were home.

And then we three went to a family function to Cuautla. It was almost an hour away and the way from Cuernavaca to Cuautla was so beautiful. It was like a road trip. There I made a new friend, Fernanda. We talked a lot and just like that my second day at Cuernavaca also ended well.

On Sunday, we went to Tlaltizapan for swimming with the Hippo club members. Tlaltizapan is a beautiful place, full of nature. We spent our whole day doing Hippo activities, snacking and swimming in the Lake. I can't tell in words how perfect that Sunday was.

On Monday, I first went to Jose Maria's school as there was a little celebration for his promotion to next grade. Then Angeles and I went to her workplace at Centro de Investigaciones Quimicas UAEM. She is a Professor there and teaches Chemistry. And also she works in the Laboratory. She showed me her work and trust me it was so amazing. I was like chido!

Then on our way to home, we stopped at a red light and went to Shirashi, i.e. distributing Hippo Brochures in the street and Angeles taught me how to do it. She taught me a line, "Te puedo dar uno" which I learned immediately and used that to distribute the brochures. It was so amazing, me speaking something in Spanish and people were actually understanding what I was saying! Haha!

When we were coming back home, she showed me some place around her home and took me to a site from where sunset is visible. Though I couldn't see the sunset but that place was so beautiful and peaceful. We spent some time there, enjoying the nature.

Cuernavaca is a beautiful place with beautiful people. I learned a lot in those 4 days, met new people, made new friends.

Tach and Maka, dogs who lived nearby also came to say goodbye! Haha. They were so cute.

Every beautiful journey has to end, mine ended a bit early. Those 4 days spent in Cuernavaca was something I never expected of. It was hard for me to leave my family, that place, but on Tuesday, I finally bid adieu to Cuernavaca.

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