Alright I know I know, here I go again with the puns. Today certainly was not crappy, although it was full of some delicious crepes. On our tour of El Centro with Norma our first weekend here, we passed a crepería that has 2 for 1 crepes on Tuesdays–score! So, naturally, after visiting the hospital today, we headed to El Centro in search of this crepería. First, let me tell you a bit about the hospital.
The hospital we visited today was named HITO, which stands for Hospital Infantíl Teletón de Oncología. This hospital is the first hospital in the whole country of Mexico that is designated for pediatric oncology. The tour through the hospital proved to be marvelous, and the technology and architecture of the hospital were very modernized and up to date. I would liken the hospital to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids. In many ways it was very similar, and I have to admit in some ways it was even more advanced and well thought out than Helen DeVos. We toured all of the units of the hospital, and then headed over to the Casa de Teletón, which was a whole building specially designed for patients who stay longer than 24 hours. It was equipped with playgrounds, music rooms, a library and little market, and even had several classrooms where the patients could experience and receive the education they miss out on due to hospitalization because of various cancers.
As I said before, after we got back from our tour of the hospital, we changed and headed to El Centro on a conquest to find some crepes. (traveling tip: when visiting another country, always try the crepes. they never fail) I think a picture of one of the crepes will suffice to show how absolutely satisfied our tastebuds and tummies were.
We sat for a while after finishing our crepes doing homework, and then headed home to get ready for a dinner tonight at Mary’s house, prepared by the sweetest woman named Galinda. Galinda is a master chef, let me tell you.
She made steamed vegetables and cut up mountains (bowls) of fresh fruit. She cut up and squeezed a cantaloupe into some cantaloupe water, which was so thirst quenching. Not only this, but she prepared a killer cauldron (pot) of guacamole with the freshest and most ripe avocados.
She did not stop here, however, and continued on to make some traditional Mexican dishes, including Mexican white rice and vegetables, a pepper slaw, beans, and some quesadillas filled with pepper-seasoned chicken and tomato and some delicious cheese. I really hope I’m not forgetting anything, but even still, my description does not give the meal justice.
Mary and Mark picked up an “impossible” cake, made of rich, moist chocolate cake topped with a layer of flan. We also had a little taste of home amidst the Mexican meal, with some traditional American flag napkins. The host families thought this was quite comical, and joked and said that they most likely came from WalMart.
Today was great. We ate lots and are tired and happy with full bellies tonight.
John 3:16 really sticks out to me tonight, as it says “for God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” I have been blessed with so many people here in Querétaro, and have enjoyed so many incredible moments. If life here is so great, the hope for that eternal life He promises is unmeasurable, just like how we could never fathom the extent to which our expectations of this eternal life will be exceeded.
Anyways, que Dios te bendiga! I’ll talk to you soon.