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Jan 07, 2003 : Day 1

It´s 5:30 and we´re finishing up our first day. Travel yesterday went well. No problems, really. The drive from Cancun to Merida (in a coach bus), however was nearly 4 hours. We watched Braveheart; awful sound, but subtitled in Spanish so it was possible to understand what was happening.

In Merida, we met our families and went to our homes. Brian and I are staying with the Hernandez family. The father is a pastor. They have a son Raul, who is a college student. We live in his room (through the courtyard and up a flight of steps) with him. They have a married daughter and a married son (their family lives in the same house for now) also.

Class in the morning was mainly organizational. We went back for lunch, showers, etc. until 3pm. Then we met in the plaza (downtown) and went to the house Sra. Leder is staying at. It´s a missionaries house (the Van Ees), but their on home leave. A Calvin grad Melissa is house-sitting and told us about Mexican people and culture.

Food is good. Showers are cool, but fine. For travelling, most people take the bus. However, we only live a few minutes away from downtown, so Brian and I walk. The classroom is near downtown.

Weather is nice and warm, but not too warm.

So far I´m enjoying it a lot. It looks like projects and such will take a fair amount of time, but shouldn´t be too hard: they are simply ways of making us interact and observe the culture.

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