Re: Touring the city

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From: novela-harmon@bethel.edu
Date: Sat, Sep 23, 2017 at 2:15 PM
Subject: Touring the city
To: grace-k-nelson@bethel.edu

There was a 9 a.m. tour today. I knew a lot of students were up later than me and drank a lot more, but I figured at least a couple would take advantage of the tour. I was wrong. Once again it was just me and Alex, the tour guide. (I'm starting to wonder what aspect of Mexico he isn't an expert in!) You'd think by now I'd have learned my lesson about my classmates' priorities.

I thought maybe Alex would want to cancel the tour for lack of interest, but he pulled out all the stops, giving me the real deal as if I were a full group. It was extra awkward this time, because on top of the one-on-one aspect, I was a bit mortified about knowledge of - and participation in - my misadventure last night. But after a few minutes, the awkwardness wore off, it was pretty cool. Plus, doing the tour one-on-one meant it could be personalized to what interested me; I was able to ask as many questions as I wanted and no one complained.

It is an old city with colonial cathedrals and an interesting history. And a beautiful city square. I could picture myself sitting at one of the cafe tables someday writing an investigative report or something. There is an iconic candy museum/store - I guess they're known for that - and we went to the museum where José María Morelos, one of the heroes of Independence, was born (hence, "Morelia"). Of course, Alex waxed eloquent on him, and the timing was really good since I'd just learned about the independence movement so I had context. .

Alex made some comment about being surprised at my level of interest in Mexican culture. It seemed odd to me because the school is full of students who are at least nominally interested in Mexican culture. Maybe not to the same extent, but I don't think I can be that exceptional. It seems like in all his previous experience with Americans they were totally uninterested or down on it or something.

I am growing fond of Guadalajara but I like Morelia too. It is much less menacing in the daylight. The history and architecture are impressive. I hope it will bounce back someday. 


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