Today started with sleeping in (my favorite)! Because we had a free day, I woke up around 9am. We had plans to go to a museum, but unfortunately, it is closed on Mondays. So instead we went to eat lunch at a restuarant we visited our first few days here in Mexico. Lunch consisted of baguettes, salads, milkshakes, frappes, and other fruity drinks.
Blair, Brittany, and I decided to walk around, to do some shopping, while Katie and Kyrian stayed back to work on homework. Later, we all met back up and walked around browsing through all the street venders in order to buy the last of our souvenirs. Kyrian and I decided to celebrate the day with a nice, refreshing icee! After shopping, we all returned to our houses to do various things; I packed :/
We all met back later that night (around 8pm) for a final dinner. Dinner included us 5 girls, our host families (mothers & sisters), UAQ faculty and their loved ones, and anyone else who we worked closely with while we’ve been here. As you might have been able to gather from this blog’s title, tonight was a very heartwarming night. Mary started with some words of welcome and a prayer, followed by words of welcome and thanks from a UAQ faculty member. Tonight was full of gift giving, happiness, many hugs, and great conversations with even better people. It was a very nice dinner, with wonderful food, and I felt it was such a blessing to be able to spend the night in the company of such outstanding people.
After dinner, my host family and Brittany and I, walked around el centro and enjoyed a nice night out. I think tonight was one of my favorite nights because I feel I’d reached a level of Spanish where I can joke around with others rather than just talk the basics. Tonight, I was able to joke around with my sisters, like I would with someone in English. I feel I bonded even more with my host sisters and mom.
As this is my last blog post, I would like to express how grateful I am for this opportuinty to have spent 3 weeks in Querétaro. It has gone so much better than expected, which I didn’t think was possible and I know the reason for such an unforgettable experience is primarily because of my host family. Their continuous compassion, understanding, and friendliness is overwhelming at all times; not to mention how much fun they are to simply spend time and joke around with!
There have also been so many other people that we’ve had the pleasure of building relationships with – UAQ staff, nurses, students, and more. Also, all the faculty at the university are beyond welcoming, which helped make staying here so much more wonderful. Of course, the other 4 girls I traveled here with are another reason as to why this trip is so amazing. We all were able to bring something different to our group and have all been able to bond so well with eachother. It’s been a real pleasure to get to know each of them more and I would not have wanted to spend my time in Mexico with anyone else!
It makes me sad to have to leave Querétaro but I know this will not be my last time in this city. I know I will see my family again – as I already have been planning to return to Querétaro and to stay with them, again. I truly feel like I have a home here, thanks to all the wonderful people I’ve met over the past 3 weeks. 🙂
And thank you, to all the readers, for following along with our blog posts. I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about all our great adventures in Mexico. It’s been more than fun!