We begin.

4 12 2007

Posted by: Laura

It was almost jarring landing in Mexico. The plane flight took less than two hours to get from Houston to Mexico City. It didnt seem like we were that far from home. After all, it took us longer to fly from Jackson to San Francisco than from Jackson to Mexico City. After getting through customs and using my shaky Spanish to ask a nice young man for directions, we found the subway and made it to our hostel.

Our hostel had a great location, right in the middle of the Historic District. We walked around for hours looking at the architecture of the old buildings. They have put up an ice skating rink in the main plaza and its packed every night. However, the first morning we woke up in our hostel, we discovered that the power was out. No big deal, the guy at the front desk said, it should be back on soon. We went to the Museum of Archeology that day and didnt return until late that night. The power was NOT back on, so we had to feel our way to our bunks, not an easy task when youre sleeping in a room with 10 other people. The next morning we woke up to discover that not only was the power off, but now our hostel had no water. Yeah add it up, no electricity and no water. I tried to be overly optimistic. Chris just responded with grunts.

While I found the situation about humorous as the movie Eurotrip (that ridiculous teen movie), it also made me realize how difficult it is to run a business with an unreliable infrastructure. The people at the hostel had no control over the utilities to the building being cut off.  When you cant control outside factors its difficult to make money. A few other surrounding buildings lost power as well. By the end of the day most of the other travelers had cleared out to other hostels. Since we had already paid, we decided to stay and started scheming up ways to sneak into another hostel to shower. Dont worry, the story has a happy ending because the power and water came back the next morning.

Note to the reader (and my students): I cant find the apostrophe on this keyboard.  I am not spending time on grammar and spelling because there are people waiting to use this comptuer,  so no English teacher comments.

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24 02 2010
Brooke

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