Mexico 7.28.1999

Today was another day of classes.  These days are easier than the beginning because we have time to work  on our group projects instead of sti through class all day.  I did enjoy our last class about medicine in Mexico though because the professor was great.  He is a doctor MD and has various PhDs.

Not much happened today though.  The only person that has E-mailed me consistently is Ron and that is because he is unemployed at the moment.  I’ve only heard from my sister once and twice from my Dad.  My Mom said she sent one but she must have gotten the address confused.  I guess they are having a busy summer as well.  Tory is pretty good about E-mailing though.  She is busy too.  

I have seen how tired everyone is becoming of each other.  I didn’t think the girls had any problem between them but it is even worse than the guys.  The only people that drive me up a wall are Tom and Johanna.  Johanna for reasons I’ve already mentioned and Tom because he shuts people down when they try to express their opinion.  He thinks he knows everything even though he has one of the easiest majors.  He really is a pud.  I was so steamed at that dork the other day when he kept interrupting I could have decked him.  But it’s no big deal now as long as he doesn’t pull that stunt again or there are going to be problems.  I don’t let people talk to me like that especially geeks like Tom.  

Mexico – 7.27.1999

Ok, today was a really long day.  We got up at our regular hour of 7 o’clock and went to class.  It was our last day of Spanish class and he told us to keep reading and practicing Spanish or we would lose it.  It’s kind of sad that the trip is coming to a close.  It’s been really hard and a lot of work but it has helped me tremendously and I’m so grateful that I had this opportunity.  On the other hand I’m extremely ready to go home.  First and foremost I miss my girlfriend.  We always have so much fun together and when I get home we will have a week together before she goes back to Purdue.  Secondly I miss my incredible apartment and huge double bed.  Other things I miss are my computer and car.  Also, restaurants and going to the Lennox with my girlfriend.  

However, I still have a week and a half to go here in Mexico and I plan to enjoy it.  This Friday we have a midterm though and that is always stressful.  Tomorrow we are going to the Modelo Brewing Company in Mexico city and that should be pretty fun.  Then this weekend the Farm Boys, Jen and I are going to Acapulco.  I cannot wait for that.  We don’t have much time there though since we arrive late Friday and leave Sunday.  I’m still glad we have the opportunity to go though.  Then next week is one midterm and preparing our group project.  Hopefully the last week goes fast since there is nothing more to look forward to besides going home.  

Today did have some excitement though.  At the end of class we had a group discussion and Maria said she wanted to apologize for being late the other day on the bus.  Then this made Tom open his mouth and say all the facts should be known before anyone complained about being late.  This of course was referring to me but I decided to keep my mouth shut.  Then Tom decides to open his mouth again and I finally had to respond.  I tried to explain my view but Tom kept interrupting me and raised his voice.  This really pissed me off and made me raise mine.  When I finally got to plead my case he understood what I said and finally shut up.  It’s amazing how he can criticize me now in hindsight when he was grumbling before but never had the balls to say anything about it.  It really steams me how he thinks he knows everything and is going to yell at me.  I still believe I am/was in the right and I”m not going to take any B.S. especially from a putz like Tom.  

Anywho, after class ended Hisam and I went doing interviews for about three hours.  I really like doing this project and actually seeing/experiencing the things we learn about in class.  My brain was pretty much fried though since I had to keep interpreting English to Spanish and vice-versa.  It is a good practice though but I need to learn some more vocabulary.  I can’t wait to take my next class “Contrasting English and Spanish.”  

Well, tonight the Mexican guys came back to take us to a so called “party” which means us and them.  No one wanted to go and we found an out when they didn’t show up at the agreed upon time and came an hour and a half late.  I just told them we were ready at 9 (which we really weren’t) and now it was too late.  They kept trying to set something else up at a future date but I said we were pretty busy.  We might go for beers tonight though.  I don’t know.  

Mexico – 7.26.1999 – Johanna

Yesterday was a free day and we spent the day relaxing.  First, Jen, Angela, Greg and I went to town for some lunch.  We ate  at the restaurant I went to on my day off and I got my regular burger and fries.  After that we walked around the town again but had gotten most of the shopping done the day before so it was pretty boring.  We went back to the hotel and Jen and I went to get some pictures of the city since the hotel was on top of a hill.  We sat for a couple hours overlooking the city and just talking about everything.  Afterwards we got Greg and Angela and ate dinner at the hotel restaurant.  Nothing too exciting happened that day.  

Today we have been traveling all day.  Our first stop was at Dolores Hidalgo.  We ddint’ ahve much time and were all supposed to be back within half an hour.  Then everything went to hell.  Maria was saying at the beginning that a half an hour wasn’t enough time to see the city.  So what does she do?  Comes back 20 minutes late which is ridiculous.  She had gotten better about being late but that was ridiculous.  It shows that she has no respect for the group.  I however could not say anything out of respect for my elders.  Hisam can though and he let her have it.  Now, I like Maria but enough is enough.  She tried to make a weak argument about how she was on time when she wasn’t.  Then we still had to wait for Johanna and Kathy.  They ended up being 40 minutes late and everyone was pretty upset.  The thing is though, that everyone complains about them being late all the time but don’t have the courage/balls to say anything to them.  By this point I was steamed and let them have it.  Now I didn’t mean to yell at Kathy because she is a sweetheart but I couldn’t yell just at Johanna.  I don’t feel bad for it either because she is ALWAYS late.  IF she doesnt’ get her way she bitches.  Also, I was still steamed for snapping at me before and countless other things that had built up.  I made tactful comments before when she was late and she would go into innocent mode and try and not realize that she had done anything wrong.  Well, this time I let her know it.  Then she had the nerve to call me an asshole.  So I put her in her place and she kept muttering under her breath so I couldn’t hear her.  

When we got to the next town (San Miguel de Allende) Johanna has a little smile on her face then made eye contact with me.  We got face to face and she tried to intimidate me or something.  Well that just didn’t happen.  I tried to call a truce and said how we had to be together for two more weeks and could call a truce.  However, she would have to understand that we have a schedule to follow and that includes her.  Her only replay was “Oh really.”  I just had to put her in her place again because I have no patience for bratty sorority girls that always have to have their way.  I saw her go and talk to Carmen and I’m sure she went into innocent little girl mode like she always does.  She deserved what she got.  I can’t believe everyone is afraid to say anything to her when it happens over and over.  IT had to be done.  I did feel bad about Kathy though but I think Johanna sort of controls her.  They are always doing what Johanna wants to do.  They have backed out on plans more times than I can remember because of Johanna.  

Another thing that really pisses me off is the way everyone talks behind everyone’s back here.  None of the group has the balls to tell the person what they think but rather bitch about them to someone else.  This day on the bus was a good example.  Grumble about how angry they are that Johanna is so late but then become buddy-buddy with them when they arrive and do not say anything.  If I have a problem with someone I let them know rather than bitch and complain behind their back.  

That night I told Kathy how sorry I was and didn’t mean to yell at her but only to Johanna and she just sort of got in the way. So her and I are back to the way we were.  She also let me know that Johanna had a problem (I’m guessing female problem) and that is the reason they were late.  If that’s the case she could have just hinted to that and would have been promptly forgiven.  But rather she disrespects us and doesn’t even say sorry.  Besides it was the 4th or 5th time she was late so I am not sorry for letting her have it.

Anywho, back to the city.  San Miguel is a very artsy city and there were a ton of Americans and Europeans there.  Jen, the Farm Boys and I walked around for a bit and ate pizza at a restaurant.  

After that we headed back to Texcoco and it was about an 8 hour drive.  I wasn’t in the best mood because of what happened so I mostly read Don Quixote and listed to the radio.  

Mexico – 7.24.1999

I was just not feeling well this morning.  I also think it was due to both not getting enough rest and going out last night.  I woke up but just wasn’t feeling up to par and thought it better to just stay in than feel terrible all day.  The only thing I regret missing is the Del Monte factory.  I wasn’t too concerned about the farms.  

I woke up around 10:00 and was dying of thirst.  We didn’t have any water left and I couldn’t drink the tap water so I had to get up.  I took a shower and went into town.  After walking around a bit I grabbed an English paper and ate a cheeseburger and fries for lunch.  I ate by the window of the restaurant and for the first time in a long time felt relaxed.  After lunch I walked around a bit more and did a little shopping.  After shopping in the hot sun it was time to hit the pool.  So I headed back to the hotel and went to the pool.  There was a guy there who I had met at the bar the other night.  He was around 50, from California and with his friend who was teaching forensics here in Mexico for a weekend.  He had talked to Jen all yesterday when she was sick by the pool.  It was so nice to relax under the sun with an incredible view of the mountains and city.  Eventually everyone came back to the hotel and I headed back into the city with Greg.  We were walking around the square and ran into Jen and Angela sitting at an outdoor cafe.   We sat with them and ate dinner.  Then we all went shopping together for a few hours.  That night Jen really wanted to go out but I resisted the peer pressure and just went to bed.  I needed to relax.