This month in Mexico we celebrate our constitution, approved by the National Congress on the 5th of February of 1917.
The actual Political Constitution of the United Mexican States was originally drafted by a Constitutional Convention in Santiago de Queretaro in the year of 1917 during the prime time of the Mexican Revolution, being Venustiano Carranza the first president to serve under its terms.
The Constitution of 1917 was the first one in history to include the social rights, two years before the Weimar Constitution in 1919. Two important changes were made to this second Constitution (the first one was in 1857) no presidency re-election and no vice president position were permitted anymore.
Most of the important points were taken from the 1857 Constitution, it was actually considered as the main base to create the one in 1917.
And this was our short history lesson for today, have a great day!
Så er det ved at være tid til at forlade det vante Danmark, og rejse til Mexico. Kufferten er så småt ved at blive pakket, og det er ved at gå op for mig, at jeg snart har en hverdag på den anden side af jorden.
Jeg glæder mig super meget til at komme hen og møde de børn og mennesker jeg skal arbjede sammen med, og den familie jeg skal bo hos. Men er samtidig spændt på at se hvordan det hele kommer til at foregå. Hvordan reagerer børnene på en, kan de forstå hvad jeg siger, kan jeg forstå dem... Lige nu er der 1000 spørgsmål der flyver rundt i hovedet på mig, men er sikker på at de alle sammen, og flere til, bliver besvaret når jeg først er landet.
Meeen, først og fremmest er der jo lige en flyvetur på et par timer der skal klares... :)
And now a disclaimer: Just want to clarify that this post is not meant to mock Mexico, the country where I'll be volunteering, or America, the county where I'm from. It's meant to make fun of people's odd remarks, skewed perceptions and inappropriate stereotypes about different countries. I wanted to share this because I thought other ProjectAbroad volunteers would find it funny and relatable. Do you find it relatable? Tell me...
What kind of crazy things did people say to you when you told them that you were going abroad?
Well, didnt have to pay for my luggage, or go through the full body scanners before getting on the flight to san francisco. I also was lucky enough to get the green light and not have all of my bags searched when entering Mexico.
After going through customs and everything I was approached by a girl in a hat who knew my name so I assumed she was who was going to be picking me up -even though she didnt have a projects abroad sign like the email had indicated. She then drove me to a homestay with a woman Silvia in Tlaquepaque (about 7km) from downtown Guadalajara where I will spend the weekend. According to my Lonely Planet travel guide it is the more artsy part of town with a population of 540 000 which is massive but not when you compare it to the over 4 million that reside in guadalajara.
From the outside Silvias house just looks like a random door in the wall of buildings along the street. But inside it is quite nice - old, but nice. She doesnt speak any english and my spanish is rusty so there is a bit of a language barrier.
I dont know what I have planned to do this weekend to kill time until monday when I head to Ciudad Guzman, probably just explore the city. Im just hoping I didnt use up all of my good luck at the airport.
Så er der en måned til at jeg sidder i et fly på vej til Mexico.
Jeg glæder mig helt vildt meget, men er samtidig nervøs og spændt over hvordan det bliver. Jeg ved endnu ikke hvor jeg skal bo eller hvad jeg helt præcist skal arbejde med, men jeg er sikker på at det bliver en kæmpe oplevelse! Jeg har læst beretninger fra andre der har været afsted, og det sitrer i hele kroppen, ved tanken om det snart er mig der har haft sådanne oplevelser.