I haven’t spoken too much about what we do during the week here in Morelia. That’s because we don’t do a whole lot… Wheat has classes that begin at 9AM, so he gets up and eats breakfast, then gets ready for class. I have classes that begin at 10AM, so I often don’t get up until he’s gone. Then, depending on how late I want to sleep, I have breakfast or I don’t. I have a bowl of Raisin Bran if I eat breakfast at the apartment or I have a Diet Coke and a Polvorone (okay, it’s a cookie.) if I don’t.
I have explained to my teachers that I am not a morning person and this is why, when asked the question “How are you?” early in the morning, I will usually answer “tired”. After I get out of classes – at 2PM, Wheat has already been out for an hour. He can usually be found in the computer lab, and we usually go back to the apartment to eat lunch, which is often a sandwich, or leftovers. Yesterday, I made Philly Cheese Steak sandwichs – the beef here is sliced really thin.
Then, quite often, we take a nap (siesta)!
Sounds pretty exciting, huh? When we wake up, I will usually start preparing dinner. We do have a small kitchen in our apartment, and I have whipped up simple foods, like spaghetti and (Classico) sauce (adding chopped bell pepper, onion, and poblano with whatever meat we have on hand. Last night, I had leftover rice, so I just opened a can of black beans and we heated this up in the microwave. I had meant to go to the market to get avocado and other nice chalupa-y things, but didn’t have time. I have also bought shrimp, fish, and even carnitas in the market and made something with them.
We have done some things, though. Last week, when we went to Walmart, we ate lunch at KFC! I know its cheating, but at least we didn’t have McDonalds (yet). Also last week, Wheat was invited to go to a little gathering at the offices of the Church of Christ missionaries(one of which was in his class), so I went with him. We went in a taxi, through flooding rain, and arrived before the conversation club began. It was pleasant enough, and we did meet some Mexicans!
Now, yesterday, we did NOT take a nap. Instead, we decided to try out a restaurant that was highly recommended by the school. It is called Lupita, and is very near to our apartment. We had gotten directions from our landlady and her husband, but when we got there on Sunday, it was closed. So, we went back yesterday. What we had thought was Lupita (cocina mexicana) was actually another Lupita (cocina economica), but we didn’t quite know that at the time. I entered and asked what was being served, and understood half of what the old woman at the stove told me.
We went ahead and sat down, because it would have been rude to just turn around and leave. Just like the cocina economica where we ate last week, there is a fixed menu. We were served the “agua del dia” – which was flavored with jamaica (hibiscus blossoms) – and a sopa de pasta. Which is – you guessed it – soup with pasta. It had a lot of pasta shaped like little flowers in it, and not much else. When we finished that, we had a choice of beef stew (Wheat chose that) or mashed potatoes stuffed with cheese and ham (I had that). We were also served a side basket of tortillas, but we really didn’t have anything to wrap in tortillas – and I was on the high carb lunch plan as it was! For dessert, we were served cups of red Jello.
We were very disappointed, to say the least. At least two or three people had talked about how good the food was at Lupita. Also, I was hesitant to ask whether this was the Lupita they were talking about. What if it WAS? But, of course to answer the daily question (to practice our past tenses): “What did you do yesterday?” I had to ‘fess up. I found to my relief that is was not the Lupita they were talking about. Next time we will not just assume that there is one place in a neighborhood named Lupita! We are going to try to go to the actual restaurant tonight.
After our lunch, determined to see more of Morelia, we set off in search of the big park, called El Bosque (de Chapultepec?). When we got there, we found a lot of renovation going on! Part of the park was off limits as workers repaved and repaired. There was a new playground and also a new Fitness Trail. That was pretty impressive. I also forgot that the Aqueduct is found parallel to the eastern end of the park. We crossed the two lane street straddling the Aqueduct, and found ourselves at the Plaza Morelos. Morelos was the man that Morelia was renamed after.
Wheat took a lot of pictures of Morelos and the rest of the monument, and then we finally found the Sanctuario de la Virgin de Guadalupe. The outside is fairly unpretentious, but the inside is decorated in high Baroque style. There was gilt everywhere. It may have been too much for some people’s taste, but I loved it. Somehow, two pigeons had gotten inside, and I wondered how they were going to get out!
After all of this exertion in the hot sun, I insisted that we stop at the cafe of the Hotel Plaza Morelos and have something cool. I ended up getting a bowl with one scoop of mango ice cream and one of lime (more like sherbet) and Wheat got an Italian soda with peach syrup. Then we completed our big square tour by going down Madero, which is the main street of El Centro Historico. We got rained on a little bit, but made it home without getting drenched. Wheat went to the Club de Conversation at the language school and that is when the rain really started coming down! I took a short nap (I know, I lied!)