I’m looking at the last few days of being in Mexico. I got sick and had so much time, and then finally but yesterday I was better (though now I appear to have a cold…) and I have only days. I am looking forward to going home, but it’s definitely sad to be leaving.
I’ve spent my time buying books for the semester, switching classes so that I’m taking chemistry so I can be a doctor and to an independent study to write something about this trip, etc.
Friday I got some of my interviews done–the doctor asked women that he saw if they’d be willing to answer a few questions for a crazy gringa, and they all agreed, so I got 5 interviews done that way, even though I was still feeling under the weather.
Sunday I finally left the house for the first time since Tuesday. I went to Amparo’s parents’ house, which really is one of my favorite places I’ve ever been to. I just feel so peaceful there and the people are so incredible. I love her family. Anyway, they also got me 11 interviews. Seriously? yes. 11 different people. We literally walked around the town, and asked women if they would answer a few questions. So, on Sundays in Mexico, it’s also the day to visit your family, so not only did I get this, but they were women who lived in different places. It was ridiculously perfect. A lot of them also happened to be young women, which I was missing in my sample. So, it was really one of the best days of my life. On the other hand, I still have 3 hour-long interviews I’m supposed to do, but can’t get ahold of Juanita to schedule them, or say goodbye to them. I have today (it’s already 11am) and tomorrow. Then I leave. So I’ve got to get on that, if I’m going to do it. But I’ve found the short interviews just as interesting as the long ones, but I get more people. I like them more. I don’t have enough questions for the long ones and I feel bad. So. I’m not actually going to be heartbroken if I don’t get all 5.
Yesterday I didn’t really do anything…I called Juanita. She wasn’t there. I went to get coffee with Mariana and a few friends of hers and she told me she’s going to try and come in September or October to visit, which should be really awesome! So today I’ve got to go visit people. I’ve found it difficult to motivate myself in the morning, but also difficult to get to sleep at night….I really hate these transition times. I just want to suddenly be back in Chapel Hill with all my stuff. It’s like going to the dentist, I try to just…not be there emotionally or consciously. But then I’m still in Mexico, and I still have things I need to do. Anyway, speaking of which, I’m gonna go work on my to do list. I’ll see you all soon!