Tuesday, January 26, 2010

How I went to Mexico ~ Part 1

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Many of you have asked how I ended up in Mexico. It’s a long story with many twists and turns along the road. It was probably my destiny and Mexico will always have a special place in my heart. I’ve been in love with Mexico since I was a child. As a day student at a school with a lot of boarding students from Mexico, I had the unique opportunity to interact with a lot of girls who came to the school to learn English. We all heard songs in Spanish, ate spicy Mexican “Miguelito” candy, and became near sisters with so many of these girls. The first time I went to Mexico, I was only 12! My parents actually let me spend the summer in Mexico with my friend Nuria and her family in Mexico City. That summer transformed my way of thinking and I learned so much about life. I learned a lot of Spanish, too!

(picture from esmas.com)

Languages come easily to me. I used to think that I was like Darryl Hannah in the movie Splash when she learns to speak English by watching TV! I studied French and Spanish and have dabbled a little bit with Italian and Portuguese.

As time passed and I went to high school and college, I still kept in touch with my friends Nuria and Cecilia in Mexico and visited them often. After graduating from college, I worked as Director of Development at a private school. During the summer, I went to Mexico and had such a good time with Cecilia and her family that I didn’t want to come home.

(picture from dynamicarchitecture.net)

Only one year out of college, I was still very much a Mommy’s girl, and my parents both told me that I needed to come home. I tried my best to convince them to let me stay, but they told me that I needed to work and use my education! They said that I could stay in Mexico IF I could find a job and support myself. To this day, both of them tell me that they thought that I would just come home.

Cecilia helped me use every connection possible to find something constructive (meaning, a paying job!) for me to do. I ended up coming home to tell my parents the news; that I had found a job in Mexico. Then I had to gracefully resign from my job at the school and tie up the loose ends for a golf tournament that was scheduled before I could make arrangements to go to Mexico.


In the next installment, I’ll tell you about my drive from Maryland to Mexico City in my little Volkswagen Jetta full of things. That was QUITE an experience.

Happy Tuesday! Have a great day.

xoxo

11 comments:

  1. Bethany, I can't wait to read more. Especially your road trip.

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  2. Oh, this is quite a story! Can't wait to read more...

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  3. I never knew the details of how you ended up going to Mexico either! I can't wait to hear more!

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  4. Wow you must really love this place. I'm actually a smidgie homesick. But, I am muy jealous of your language skills...XXOO

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  5. I have a special spot in my heart for an island off the coast of Mexico and would 100% move there forever if I could!!!

    Can't wait for the next installment!

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  6. So interesting! I can't wait to read more...

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  7. I love stories and cannot wait to hear more!

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  8. Leaving us hanging like I do when I read to my students! "Don't stop, Miss Bethany!"

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  9. Can't wait to read more!

    I had a zippy little Jetta too! Well two of them. Totalled my red one and moved on to a black one ;)

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  10. I can't wait to hear the rest! YOu are just too cool!

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