We made it . . . Due to not really hanging around my computer that much, and very indecisive internet I have not been able to post until now. Anyways, here is a little bit about our arrival on Saturday, the 19th.
Zach and I got an early start Saturday morning around 5:30 am, and made it through airport security alright. Fortunately, having a bunch of hard drives, lenses, audio equipment, and film equipment did not cause us to much hassle. After a series of flights and a mix of nervousness and excitement we made it to the airport in Leon, GTO, Mexico at about 5 pm. We met the director of Casa de los Angeles, Miguel, at the airport and rode from Leon to San Miguel, which took about an hour. The landscapes, towns, colors, and sounds in Mexico are so different from the states. As we could see from the windows of the van we rode in, there was a lot going on, yet everything seemed so much more relaxed and everything seemed to go with the flow. Traffic laws are so lax, yet you can’t speed in town that much because of the speed bumps. The sun was setting as we made our way to San Miguel, and as we heard on the radio, the Chivas soccer team was doing quite well.
We made it to the Volunteer House after it has been dark for a while, and we met up with many of the volunteers for Casa de los Angeles. Elias, a 32-year old volunteer from Texas, has been there for several months, but today is his last day in San Miguel. Like many of the volunteers, he travels is off to the next place. We also met Megan, an 18-year old Texan who as spent much time at the Casa and was happy to let us know all about the place. Maree, who is from Australia, and Christoff, from France, were also among the friendly people at the house who have been living there for a while already. We learned that the volunteer coordinator, whom which I have been in touch with for a little while now, grew up in Wisconsin! She is 24, much younger than I imagined actually, so friendly, and along with the other volunteers showed us around San Miguel.