This month was full of it. We dedicated the April socials to it.
Last Tuesday we had the chance to witness one of the most traditional sports in Mexico- Wrestling. Projects Abroad Social Event for April was full of masks!
The show given by the wrestlers was actually quite funny! Loads of hilarious characters fighting gave us some laughter! But also, there were pretty spectacular fights full of acrobatics!
We had a relaxed visit, we had fun at the arena! An experience that you have to see if you visit Mexico!
Thanks to all the guys who attended!
been having lots & lots of fun in mexico :D
Easter wasnt too special, we stayed in the camp as everything is closed apparently, but we did buy a huge Spongebob squarepants Pinyata that we filled with sweets then bashed the crap out of haha that was very fun >_<`
This past few days we went to this waterfall a few hours away. arrived late so we had a fire and slept under the stars!!! have never slept without a tent before haha it was beautiful falling asleep looking up at the stars!! and not really too cold :) the waterfalls are absolutely beautiful, more or less crystal clear blue water and idyllic caves and rivers :) im pretty sure its how heavan looks. plenty of high ledges to jump off of into the deep water. bliss!! although i paid dearly for it with a hideous ear malfunction :( we had the place more or less to oursleves too which was ace.
We went to this other beach the other day not too far away, not completely sure what was going on but the americans compared it to Spring Break..it was pretty fun, stalls and food everywhere..a wet t-shirt competition that i was very close to getting dragged into haha..took me 5 minuted to realise that every male mexican in the crowd around us was shouting for me to get up on the stage and enter haha, scary!! later on there was a dj and dancefloor everyone was congregating on, no need to pay so that was fun - the mexicans have very different dancing to us!! All the guys really go for it - none of the cool kind of not-bothered dancing lads at home do haha its awesome..a circle formes in the middle and people have a chance to show off and do their thing, lots of brake dancing, and full on dance-off´s haha its great. On of our girls did a backflip, and we both got dragged into the middle..which was apparently an invitation to go up to the bar, and they put your head under the beer keg haha messy night >_< great fun. couple of Mexican he-shes on the scene too was was interesting. qesadillas on the way home, bang tidy!
In the meantime the turtles haven´t been too active really, not too many hatchlings. although yesterday a nest of Leatherbacks hatched, which was awesome!! they are a lot more substantial than the Olive Ridley turtle babies, much bigger and they move differently too.
think were off to Manzanillo again this weekend so that should be fun :) hope Lancashire is coping without me!! :D miss everybody x x x
We have already talked about how traditional is Lucha Libre in Mexico as this country put a particular touch to it.
Last week we gathered in the office for our traditional Movie night. This time we presented 'Nacho Libre' a great parody of Mexican Wrestling by Jack Black. The movie shows a great insight into this sport.
Filmed in Oaxaca and directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) It was loosely based on the story of Fray Tormenta ("Friar Storm"), aka Rev. Sergio Gutiérrez Benítez, a real-life Mexican Catholic priest who had a 23-year career as a masked luchador. He competed in order to support the orphanage he directed.
The producers are Jack Black, David Klawans, Julia Pistor, and Mike White. The film received mixed reviews from critics.
We had so much fun and I also hope that all the volunteers did as well.
Thanks to everyone who joined us! Next will be a visit to the Arena to see the real thing going on!
It is April already and quite a few guys are leaving Mexico already, those who arrived in January and stayed here for three months are going away!
Another goodbye in the family was Chloe Wenger! An amazing girl from Switzerland! She did Care and Arts & Crafts placements.
She came to the office with a great surprise to all of the staff…an outstanding cake created by her. It was a really delicious mango-chocolate surprise!
We wish you the best for your future plans! Thanks once again for such amazing present!
Hola friends :)
Mexico is ace! the weather is fine! all is lovely :D
got a few more volunteers in camp now so its a bit more lively. We went to the beach resort Manzanillo at the weekend, it was looooovely. the beaches were idyllic! apart from the trillions of mexicans on them, its their holidays so was very crowded. We stayed at Mismo Sol, a wee hostel ran by a couple of friendly laid-back potheads haha, they had a pool too which was a blessing..especially when the water tank ran out & it was my morning shower haha :-/ There was an EPIC market on saturday so i spend much time & Pesos there, then spent the rest of the day on the beach, which is actually yellow not black like ours. (..black coz its volcanic..not dirty..) saturday night involved The Ring of Fire with tonnes of Corona then onto a beach bar full of gorgeous mexicans..was the best night! Sunday involved swimming out to an old Shipwrek just off the beach further along the cosat, which was a good swim but not too much sea life stuff on the wreck. then back to good ol turtle camp! Adios lovelys :D x x x
Another Thursday and smells like Salsa dancing. I asked the guys if they would be interested in continuing the lessons and they were really eager to continue…so why not?
8 30 PM and everybody was ready to start learning. Steps are getting more and more complicated each class. Good thing is that our teacher always repeats the basics so the new ones in the class can get the foundations of the steps.
This last class was great but also was marked by the goodbye of Angela! We wish you the best for your future career!
Thanks again to all the volunteers who attended!
A great report from Alberto Carniel, an amazing Italian volunteer who completed a journalism project in Ciudad Guzman, got in touch with us again letting us know about his participation on the World Day of Water! His participation was awesome and he also mentioned Projects Abroad as an important part for this accomplishment. Here a little bit from his words along with some images from the event and the images he presented in the forum!
'The 22 of March has been celebrated the world day of water . In my region I received a invitation to give a speech in a meeting about my experience in Mexico and precisely about the water situation there . I prepared some slides for a presentation and my speech has been appreciated from the much people which attended the event . I’m very happy to send you and to your staff my best greetings , because I’m still in the Projects Abroad family and next week I will travel to Bolivia to have a stage of Periodism in Cochabamba'
Thanks to Alberto for this amazing news and greetings to the Projects Abroad family...we all wish you an amazing time in Bolivia!!!!
In the 8th visit to Brayan in the hospital we delivered part of the donation made to him and his family to cover the transport expenses from his home town.
He was really awake this time while receiving his treatment. I spoke to his mum and told me that Brayan is got an appointment to receive the date for surgery in his ears. He is doing well at school and is also one of the smartest guys in the classroom!
Brayan is such a strong boy, always happy and eager to learn new stuff. There is no doubt that he is teaching me quite a lot of great things without even knowing of it.
Good luck to Brayan, we all hope there is a short waiting list so his surgery takes place really soon!
Hola people :) Well the turtles are being very quiet at the moment not much going on. which means more time for Corona and swimming woo!! Roberto took us to Colima at the weekend, big town not too far away. saw loads of cool stuff, including markets hehe yey, bought lots of pretty bits at the markets >_< stayed in a pretty nice hostel overnight, for roughly 6 pounds. on sunday went to a Temazkal, which is this pre-hispanic kinda of Mexican ritual place. it was incredible. I think its all about like mother earth & the mexican ancestors, and healing. we were all in swim-wear, and had to stand arms out while someone passed incense over our bodies. then we went into the Temazkal, and had to ask permission (to the ancestors?) to enter & touch out heads to the ground - it looked like a kind of beehive on the floor, like a round mud hut, & about 20 people sat around the interior around a fire place in the middle. it was supposed to represent a mothers womb, so you are re-born when you come out. they told us how it was a place where you have to make your own medicine inside yourself from the resin they burned there, veeeery spiritual. then they passed hot rocks from a fire outside into the place in the middle and put sweet smelling resin on each one - the rocks were soooo hot & this place was like a wee sauna. they closed the opening so it was completely dark & began singing all these spiritual songs with drums & pipes & shouting & whatnot. they said it was about 48 degrees in there..ive never ever felt sweat run off my body like that!! its the hottest ive ever been and with the pitch black and music is was super intense, some people had to leave. they did two rounds of putting rocks in & singing & by the time it was over my hair was completely wet & running with sweat haha eew it was really intense. but amazing, we learned loads about olde mexican culture and religion so it was definately a worthwhile trip :) Saw a few more bits in Colima and came back to the sandy beach tents - the hostel was luxuary in comparison haha. Anywho that was the Temazkal, such an experience! Elly! x x x
After finishing a 3 month placement in the Animal Care project, now Henrik has said 'Goobye' to us!
Henrik came all the way from Denmark! He is a really enthusiastic guy! We wish you the best for your upcoming plans back home and for sure we look forward to meeting you in Mexico in the near future!!!
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