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Sarah Reid - General Teaching Projects in Mexico

An ode to Mexico

Me and my local friends

On a dark nighted November
Drinking tea at half three
I seem to remember
Wanting to travel and flee
Miserable England to do something productive
And Projects Abroad certainly looked constructive.

I would live with a family and learn Spanish,
Teach at a school and would not be famished.
Soon realised that 'taco bell/tex mex' is fictitious
In Mexico the home cooked food is so delicious.

Other highlights which appealed to me
Was being in Guzman as one could be
A 'ranchero' in the outback riding horses
Milking cows and taking courses
In salsa, which no doubt proved amusing
As it was definitely the most difficult thing
I have ever done but it was extremely good fun.

Volcano

The kids at school were bubbly and full of life
Images of total anarchy, havoc and strife
Proved most false. The children were charming
Mostly eager to learn and the only alarming
Event was the local volcano spewing ash
Lightly dusting the playground but in a flash
It was dusted away, and all carried on as normal.

Alice in wonderland is how I felt at times
New sights, bright colours and the tequila and lime
Shots accompanied by the sound of ringing bells
Shaken vigorously by vigorously mariachis who revelled
In shaking your head to create the dizzy experience.

In a strange new land, it's reassuring to have Projects Abroad
As they are friendly and relaxed from the first day
They helped me settle in and gave useful advice
To me and Lor, an English friend, where to travel after, which was nice.

Jose in Guzman was so kind to indulge in our games and follies
Competing in chilli eating contests and still being jolly.
He took us round town, taught us slang, showed us the sights
And activities, from climbing mountains of snowy heights
To watching young break dancers on a Sunday night.

Sing-a-long

My family I lived with were so warm and kind
When Lor and I arrived we were much behind
In Spanish but we had such fun communicating
With a mixture of miming, drawing and writing.
By the end, we were consulting our mother for advice
From how to emulate Mexican hairdo's, boy queries and lice.
Even though between us both we had broken a washing machine,
The bathroom sink and ceramic candle holder, they did not seem
To be as cross as my parents would have been and even organised
A lovely leaving party surprise.

Milking the cow!

My time in Mexico , I'll never forget
How much I enjoyed myself and my only regrets
Were that I didn't watch my Mexican mum cook
As her food was amazing and one can't learn it from a book.
Wish I took more photos of my trip
And had the courage to pierce my lip.
Thanks once again to the Projects Abroad staff
For making my trip enjoyable, challenging and a laugh.

Sarah Reid

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