In no particular order, some noteworthy events:
- Went to a spin class and really enjoyed it. The timing isn’t the best with my work schedule but I hope to go again on monday. (I have a work event tomorrow night and they don’t have them on fridays).
- Met my dad’s friend from middle and high school who lives with her family in Mexico City. This was a absolute treat both because it’s really nice to be in a family home with kids and a mom and homemade chocolate chip cookies and because we got to facetime my dad and connect in a really positive way. They’re going to California soon to see her parents but I’ll hopefully see them one more time as I have an event near their house next week and I’m looking forward to that. Their driver also took me home and said I speak like 70% spanish which I took as a huge compliment on top of the really interesting conversation about politics we had. He also said you need to be very calm to drive in Mexico City which I agree with. I have never been so glad not to have access to a car.
- I’ve attended a few really interesting events for work. One was a graduation ceremony for a program that trains visually handicapped people to serve as coaches (mostly for leadership/teambuilding programs) that included an organization run by an Ashoka fellow, Ojos que Sienten. It was a really moving ceremony to see 14 blind people all in cap and gown join a profession few would have thought them fit for. Today I got to meet my first Ashoka fellow when Armando Estrado of Via Educación came by the office. He gave a presentation during lunch and it was really cool to hear about what they do, which is use education as a way to cultivate citizenship and collaboration and democratic values. They’ve changed teacher training methods in a few mexican states and also train corporations to help their employees self identify and solve problems. Education here is very federally controlled and some of the laws surprised me: parents aren’t allowed to be involved in public schools beyond drop off and pick up and according to Estrada, one of the lingering effects of the PRI having power for so long is that people expect change to come from authorities, not from communities. They work mostly in Nuevo León but are expanding and collaborating with new groups all the time. It was quite cool.
- I’ve eaten kale, hummus and froyo. The kale was at a sort of food expo that was part of a neighborhood festival in Condesa (where I also had an almond milk cappuccino and found a really pretentious coffeeshop and juice bars) and the hummus was a very tasty Lebanese restaurant. The froyo was found last night at good old yogurtland but the fruit toppings were pretty elevated here. I also stopped at a DiBruno’s like market that had lots of import stuff and got a jar of peanut butter for a totally normal price which I’m very excited about.
- Two of my housemates are trying to cook their own dinners for the first time and I’m relishing the chance to help them/guide them/giggle at them just a little bit.
- I’ve had a cold for the past 3 days which has been a big bummer. Not going to work yesterday did give me the chance to finish Orange is the New Black (SO GOOD please talk to me about it if you’re done with season 2) and catch up on some internet reading but I really want to feel better. Extra vitamin c via antigripal smoothies (an actual menu item that’s a smoothie with guayaba, pineapple, fresh orange juice, lime, and honey) has been helping I’m sure.
Tomorrow I have two events to attend, one of which is at Los Pinos, the Mexican White House so I will report back on that as much as security permits.
Happy hump day!