||[Oct. 15th, 2006|04:57 pm]
So here are the things that I've been doing in the last couple days.
I swam in the freezing cold river at school (yes we have a river at school, super cool) diveing off the cliff on the edge and floating down until i got to the bridge, where i would hold on and let my legs be pulled by the water. My lips and hands turned blue, and my hands wouldn't stop shaking, but it was still really fun. Part of the schools philosophy is that the students should have lots of active time, outside, because it stimulates our growing brains. That makes sense, i was definatly super awake after swimming in the ice cold water, but then it was time to go home.
When I got home, there was this stinky swiss biker guy sitting at the table. Here is the short version of his story:
He's the chef at a ski lodge in the alps, and he's taking two years to bike from alaska, to chile. WOW that is a helluva long way i say, WOW. He's been biking for 5 months, 100 MILES A DAY! 9-10 hours on the bike. He camps every night wherever he ends up, and he carries his tent, sleeping bag, stove, german/spanish dictionary, various books in german he picks up along the way (which he says are very hard to find on the road in mexico) He speaks prett much NO spanish (he speaks english, obviously, because nobody really speaks german in my faminly) So, he stayed with us for two nights. My sister's bed was the first bed he had slept in since MAY, and the shower he took was the first one in months. GROSS. A very interesting guy.
Later, I met my friend Victor at the central park and we hung out for a couple of hours. It wasn't a date, I'm not dateing anybody here because i already have BEAUTIFUL WONDERFUL MARGARET. He's really nice, he's 16. We walked to another park, and rented a little may peddled bike, like the kind you can fit a whole family on. (I did that once i chicago...) and then we went to this bar, with colourful bean bags to sit on, don't worry, i only had one lemonade, lol, although i think if i had wanted to order a beer, i could have (i should try that and see what happens) When it was time to go home, it was raining, and my mom and maya were still in the park, so he drove us all home. Apparently he's been driving since he was 10 (laws are a little more relaxed here) and he also said that he could teach me how to drive! wooo!
I went to my suzuki violin group lesson and my friends (the daughters of the teacher, Alison) Katie and Lee and I all played the slow movement of the Vivaldi concerto. It was nice, although i HATE ALL OF THE SHIFTS IN THAT PIECE! well, it was nice.
Then, after that, i went over to their house (Alison, Katie, Lee) to sleep over. I've already slept over a couple times, i feel so welcome at their house, like, i can just sit on the couch and read and nobody will care. They live in Coapexpan, a little town right outside of Xalapa. Their house is beautiful, and THE VIEW from their back balcony is AMAZING. they live above a valley, with wavey hills with cows and horses speckled around. That night, there was a lightning storm, with great white flashes jumping around in the darkness, lighting up the hills, and the sky. David is an excellent cook. He made lasagna for dinner (vegetarian!) and we watched the producers later. Scones and mint tea in the morning.
Not much has happened so far. I'm sitting in my bra and underwear and erics jacket because it's really hot. My mom and I just walked down town to the little cental park (differnt park than the big one in Xalapa, because I actually live in Coatepec, it's really small) and we sat and listened to some guys playing guitar and singing, and did people watching.