Veracruz Chronicles

Monday, August 29, 2005

Time to go...

Final preparations almost done...just need one more BIG bag and we think we have it ready. Mark assures me there is Parmesan cheese in Papantla, but I'm going to find a way to take some with us...I think I'll be able to grow basil all year and what would I do without Parmesan?

The children are packed and ready. We've sent a final note down to those we are in contact with in P, asking them to spread the word that we are looking for a house. This will be interesting.

The blog is now open to all comments, so you do not have to be a member to click on the comment and leave us a message. I'll leave a message tomorrow and then it may be a few days before we check in. We'll let you know when we are in P and settled into the hotel and we'll report on W,A,a's first days of school.

We fly into Brownsville Texas and catch the bus in Matamoros. The bus travels overnight through Ciudad Victoria, Tampico, Poza Rica and into Papantla. We think we'll arrive early in the morning.

The photo on the left is of the townsquare (zocalo) in P. Notice the vanilla vine growing up the little tree in front of the statue. More in a future note about our research projects (mine-vanilla production/Mark's-popular music).

Off to make a few more phonecalls and find cheese that won't mold or melt on a ten hour bus trip...

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Five days to go

On Tuesday, we leave for Papantla, Veracruz. We will spend one year living in this lovely town in East central Mexico. The children will attend a school in town that we are very excited about: Instituto Pedegogico Veracruzano. The class size is small and the teachers and students are excited for us to join them.
We are flying to Brownsville, Texas, where we will get a bus on the Mexican side of the border. We'll ride the ten hours between Matamoras and Papantla, an appropriate introduction to our year without a personal car. The buses in Mexico are excellent: air conditioner, clean bathroom and movies (it used to be all Bruce Willis dubbed into Spanish, but in June I got to watch Whale Rider). We should arrive in Papantla on the 31st, where we will check into a hotel (El Tajin, check it out on google). The children can start of IPV the next day and Mark and I will start looking for a house/apartment while they are in school.
This is a view of the city from the roof top of the Hotel El Tajin in June.
No news on any rentals open, but we are sure we'll find one within the week.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Veracruz Chronicles

The Countdown has started. Ten days until we leave for Mexico. We are still working on some details. Mark arrives home from Singapore Thursday evening and we'll return to Norman for the weekend. Neighbors Mary and Clemencia are giving us a send-off on Saturday night and we'll say goodbye at St. Micheal's on Sunday morning.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Blog test

This is a test to see if i've set this up right. This blog is being established to record our family's adventures in Veracruz Mexico during the academic year 2005-2006.