Traveling today, I arrived in Guadalajara, Mexico. I’ve spent the majority of the day trying to listen for Spanish words I can comprehend. Fully submerged in a foreign culture I am totally confused and out of my element. Feeling stupid-I should have learned the language ages ago. I suppose we all have to start somewhere, here I am only knowing how to say: please, thank you, and sorry. “Hola, Guadalajara!”
It’s hot and humid, people are nice and the food is fantastic. The tequila is in a different league here-super smooth and doesn’t burn going down like the stuff we have in the United States.
We are staying here for a couple of days then heading to Magdalena a small village near Tequila to drop off clothes and shoes at an orphanage. Then we will be going further south into more rural areas.
What I learned my first day in Guadalajara:
- About 20 pesos equal 1 US dollar
- Daily average salary is about 80 pesos
- There is no air conditioning
- Running water is not common
- Elevation is about 5,100 ft
- Tequila with Squirt soda is a thing