So…we still do not have internet at our apartment. It is a little frustrating, as we were supposed to get it installed this last Saturday, but God is in control, and the situation allows us to spend time on other things such as more hours of Spanish! 🙂 We are still immersing ourselves as much as possible, spending time with our host family, church, and others in the neighborhood and community. This last Wednesday we walked across the street to the Mercado (street market) again to pick out vegetables and fruit for the week. While there we also bought lunch, homemade burritos from a Christian couple that is good friends with our host family.
The Mercado is such a great opportunity for us to use our “Practical Expression” phrases in Spanish. These phrases are Spanish that we would use daily, such as: “How are you?”, “Good day,” “Very nice to meet you,” How much are the bananas?”, “I would like to buy avocados.” You get the idea. We have been going to the Mercado every Wednesday with our host Mom, Martha, and her daughter, Lili, and son-in-law, Pablo. Pablo is from Wisconsin, but is part Mexican, so he knows both Spanish & English. It is nice to have him along so he can translate or explain things to Martha & Lili if they can’t understand us, or we can’t understand them. 🙂
After the market we spent some time with Martha, Pablo, & Lili just conversing mostly in what little Spanish we know, and then spent a few hours working on some practice back at our apartment.
In the evening we embarked on an adventure to the downtown, Chihuahua Central as it is called. Pablo, Lili, and Lili’s brother Aber and girlfriend Natalie were our guides. We spent some time in the Chihuahua History and Cultural museum, which was a gorgeous structure with paintings going around the walls that told the story of the history of Chihuahua.
After the museum we spent a few hours at some tourist shops, walked around the Cathedral in the center of the downtown, and all shared some sweet empanadas (a pastry similar to a calzone with fruit in the middle) and pan dulce (Mexican sweet bread). Also, Pete tried a Banderia con queso, which is just like a corndog in the states, but with a huge chunk of cheese in the middle.
Our last stop of the night was to see the dancing fountains. It was beautiful with all the colors and music played in the background. The dancing fountains are called La Fuente de Danzarina and run every night for one hour. We hope to go back and enjoy them on a date night sometime.
These were just a few things we were able to do this week, and as we have new experiences we are able to pick up more and more vocabulary to use in talking with people and pick up on cultural things as well. One thing we have learned is that when you are walking as a married couple the guy should always walk on the street side, and preferably hold the girl’s hand because that means that she is taken, she is his. Another cultural tip we learned this weekend is that the Mexican people will always invite you to do everything, and go everywhere that they are going, this is customary. However, you are never to feel obligated to come, and they are not offended if you don’t. There is much more, but you’ll have to wait until our April prayer letter comes out to read about those.
We want to thank all of you for your prayers for us, they really are the back bone of what we are learning to become here, and that is relevant in the Mexican culture so we can show them God’s love and the share the good news of Christ with them. Please, as always email us anytime, and stay tuned for more updates!