Posted by: airchuck88 | July 8, 2008

Nuestra Ultima Semana Aqui


This weekend we went to Acapulco. It probably would’ve been kind of nice to be at the beach, except for the fact that Elizabeth was sick from the time she got off the bus until the time we got back on it to go home, so she didn’t get to enjoy much of Acapulco. We did go to the beach on Saturday when Elizabeth’s stomach wasn’t feeling quite as bad anymore.

Not a whole lot is different this week, Aaron got a new “nivel” or level because his other class ended. Last night we watched Enchanted or “Encantada” for the 20th time, but this time it was in Spanish. It was neat seeing how they changed the songs into Spanish but kept the same melodies and stuff.

I guess that’s about it, we’re both pretty much ready to be back in the United States, which is good since we’ll be back in less than a week.

Hasta luego

-Aaron and Elizabeth

Posted by: airchuck88 | July 2, 2008

Teotihuicán y Otras Cosas


This past weekend, we went to Teotihuicán and looked at some ginormous pyramids and a few temples of the Teotihuicán people. A lot of the ruins had been restored, but a fair amount of the stuff was original, especially on the big pyramids. You could tell what parts were original and what wasn’t because on the restored parts, they put small pebbles in the mortar between the rocks. There were also several places where you could see original paintings on the walls of the temples.

On Sunday, we went to lots of places. First, we went to the Palacio de Cortes and looked at lots of old things. The coolest thing in the palace was another mural by Diego Rivera. After that, we went to Walmart (yes they have them here too) to buy a few things and then to a restaurant called Carlos ‘n Charlie’s. It was a pretty nice restaurant and we shared a meal and were still really really full. Some of the waiters had on shirts that said “I don’t speak English, but I promise not to laugh at your Spanish”. We thought they were pretty funny. After that, we went and got some ice cream (some things never change) and then went to El Parque Ecologia de Chapultapec. Here, they have monkeys, birds, alligators, more birds, fish, really big trees, a lake, a train, and other stuff. We didn’t realize that it closed a little more than an hour before we got there, so we’re planning to go back sometime this week.

Hasta Luego

-Aaron and Elizabeth

p.s. The new picture up top is one we took in Taxco.

Posted by: airchuck88 | June 24, 2008

La Ciudad de México y El Rollo.

Hoe-la (hola with an american accent.).

This past weekend we went to México City and a super fun water park called El Rollo.

The bus ride gets shorter every time we go to Mexico City so that’s good.  The first thing that we did when we got to Mexcio was go to el palacio gobernal.  The president of Mexico used to live there but I don’t think that’s where they’re housed anymore.  There were bunches of Diego Rivera murals all over the building.  Our tour guide Enrique told us all about them.  What we were able to pay attention to was pretty interesting.

Then we went to another church.  We don’t know what it was called but yet again it was very ornate. We didn’t stay there for very long because everyone was hungry and we had one more place to go .  The last place we went was called Chipultepec park.  We’re thinking about going back there when we stay in Mexico City by ourselves at the end of the trip because there’s a zoo there that we didn’t get to look at.  In the park is an Anthropology museum. We both got two big scoops of ice cream with cherries on top from the museums restraurant (after we ate lunch of course). Inside we looked at all sorts of pictures of ruins that we’ve been to or are going to and we looked at where people came from and stuff like that. 

Then on Sunday a group of about ten of us woke up earlier than we should have and walked to the bus station and went to El Rollo which is supposed to be the biggest water park in Latin America. It was lots of fun and just like almost any other waterpark but they’re always fun.  We spent 6 hours there and only Aaron’s shoulders got burnt.

Other than that it’s been pretty uneventful.  Tonight we’re going to go watch a fountian that has colorful water and music.  And this morning there was a big huge moth in Elizabeth’s room that woke her up and scared her really badly and her 77 year old ‘Mamá’ killed it with a broom and told her that it was a black butterfly and it was okay that it died because it was dressed for death.

Hasta Luego.

-Aaron and Elizabeth

Posted by: airchuck88 | June 19, 2008



Yesterday we went on an adventure to Mexico city to see the Mexican Ballet.  We were by far the youngest people out of the group of 8 that we went with.  The trip was through the school and it was about and hour and 1/2 bus ride from Cuernavaca to Mexico city.

When we got there we walked to a restaurant that was crazy nice. It had two levels and all of the waitresses were wearing multicolored striped skirts.  We decided to opt out on eating there becasue it looked too expensive and went to a restaurant called Taco Inn. The food there was pretty good and realitively cheap.  Then we had a good hour to waste so we walked down one of the streets in Mexico city to the Zocalo which asheville’s equivalent of a zocalo would be where the vance monument is.

On the way back to the theatre we stopped in a bread shop and got cakes that were so so so so good. Elizabeth’s cake had a strawberry in it that was probably the size of her fist. Aaron’s had shaved white chocolate and peaches and yummy stuff on top and they were super cheap and we didn’t get sick. And then we went and looked at astroids that had landed in Mexico at various times through out history. 

Then it was time for the ballet and we walked into the theatre and it was the prettiest theatre I (Elizabeth) have ever seen in my life (and I’ve been in bunches and bunches of theatres). There was a stain glass landscape thing inplace of where the curtians usually go on the stage and there were murals above the stage and around the building.  It was one of those theaters that has individual boxes for people to sit on the sides of the theatre. It was soo georgous.

The ballet was also really really amazing. It wasn’t a normal ballet because it was called Ballet folklorico so it was made up of traditional mexican dances all from different time periods in the history of Mexico.  We watched about 12 different dances in the span of 2 hours. There was one dance where the dancers wore hats with what looked like fans on top of their heads.  The fans had a 6 foot span and there were probably 16 people on the stage all wearing these huge hats and spinning while trying to avoid hitting eachother.  There was also a dancer where two dancers tied a string in a bow with their feet and a dance where a guy lassoed the whole time.  His arms looked like they were getting really tired because he and a woman were standing inside of the whirling lasso the whole time while dancing.  The band was very very good especially the guy who played the harp.  He was playing crazy fast music but it didn’t really look like his hands were moving all that fast.  It was a good decision for us to go.

We’re trying to post pictures on this site as we can so you should go check them out. We can only post Aaron’s pictures because Elizabeth doesn’t have the cord that connects to  the computer, so it’s only half of our the pictures we’ve taken. We’re taking turns with cameras in order to cut back on the memory usage and to not have 700 duplicates of each picture.

This weekend we’re going back to Mexico city to go on tours and stuff we don’t know exactly what we’ll be doing there and then on sunday we think we’re going to a water park. It only cost 18 us dollars for a roundtrip bus ride there and admission to the park (at least that’s what we’ve been told). So we’ll be sure to update you on that once it happens.

Hasta Luego.

-Aaron and Elizabeth

Posted by: airchuck88 | June 16, 2008

El cumpleaños de Aaron y otras cosas

Hola to all.

We’re now in our second week here in Cuernavaca.  This weekend was very eventful.  On friday night we went to this crazy nice house somewhere in cuernavaca with some friends. They had a yard with grass (that’s how you know it’s nice because no one here has grass or yards).

Then on Saturday (Aaron’s birthday) we started out by going to Xochicalco which is a site where there are lots of pyramids and to ball courts where they played the game where whoever won was sacrificed.  Then we went into one of the pyramids where they do alot of astrological research. And then we looked at some hyrogliphics that told a story about Mayan calanders.  It was a little hard to take in all of the information because it was all in Spanish, and it’s hard to listen for a long period of time (for Elizabeth at least on the listening front in English and in Spanish).  We got to go to the top of one of the pyramids but Elizabeth doesn’t like heights so we had to go back down the pyramid pretty quickly.  It was really georgous outside that day and you could see for miles and miles.

Right after we left there we took at two hour bus ride to Las Estacas which is ‘where water is born’.  There’s a big spring there where the water comes out of and it’s incredibally clear water because it’s never been contaminated before. We were going to swim from the spring back to where one of our directors was but it turned out to be harder than we thought.  One of the members of our group doesn’t know how to swim but decided to get in the water anyways.  He almost drowned and Aaron had to go help our director get the boy out of the water so that no one died.  The rest of the day was no where near as eventful we just layed around and swam.  Then afterwards we went out to dinner at a restaurant called Marco Polo’s to celebrate Aaron’s birthday.

Yesterday (sunday) we went to the Catholic church for their mass. It was interesting, but hard to even try to understand what the priest was saying because he had a microphone and it echoed all throughout the church.  Then we went and walked around the down town area some and ate ice cream (Aaron had mango and he thought it was really good).  And then we went to Jardín Borda and got bit by lots of bugs, but it was really pretty with lots of plants.

We hope everyone is doing well.

-Aaron and Elizabeth

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