Sunday was a very nice day where all his sister´s that live in Tetelilla (four of them) were at the house preparing food for a big meal. We were going to go to Jonacatepec and use the
All the women in the family enjoying our last lunch
internet in the afternoon but it was just to social at his house and Mex was enjoying all the conversation, stories and laughs. We took a bunch of pictures but no one ever looked at the camera at the same time. The food was fabulous and his sisters and nieces were all there. Poor Mex is the only guy at these dinners but he doesn´t seem to mind because he gets lots of attention. I must say they really love their ¨hermanito¨ or ¨little brother.¨ We had garlic soaked shrimp, two kinds of fish, chicken that reminded me of my mom´s teriyaki chicken wings, nopales salad, and spaghetti. Wonderful and we felt so spoiled and stuffed.
On Monday morning his sister Abelina (Andrea) came over about 9 when we were done with breakfast. We had already packed the car so we just did some last minute visiting then went over to his sister Sofia´s house where she was making tortas to take to the school. We helped with the tortas but, finally, around 10 we had to say goodbye. It was very tearful for all of us and only made better by the fact that we know we will soon be able to visit whenever we want. It will not be a long time before he sees his family again! However, it didn´t really make us feel better as we hugged everyone and got into the car and left town. His sister´s are so hospitable and friendly and generous that I really did feel like part of the family even though my communication wasn´t the best. Although when his oldest sister Filo tells stories and his sister Abelina laughs and smiles you don´t need to speak the language to understand the happiness they feel. We are both
The final picture of our Hometown Mexico
looking forward to the next time we visit them and we will be starting to speak Spanish at home so I am more prepared. I so want to share in their stories and be able to tell my own! I did bring pictures of friends and family and was able to eek out a few stories but next time will be better.
Now we are on the second part of our journey. The journey to our Minnesota home. We are also looking forward to returning and seeing our friends and family that are there and getting back into our daily routine. Traveling is fun, eye-opening and exhausting all at the same time.
Another random tip- for those of you that use Tabasco sauce you should toss it and buy Valentina hot sauce. It is a Mexican brand of hot sauce that isn´t mega spicy but actually has a great flavor not just a heat. Don´t forget that when you´re in Mexico wash down your Valentina with Victoria beer NOT Corona or Modelo!
Father and son. Now I know what my hubby will look like in 40 years! I have to get him a hat!
Sofia "making a deal" on a stone rolling pin used to smash corn or beans.
On Tuesday we went to Huasulco, a nearby town, for a Feria which is basically a street market. They had all kinds of wonderful things there. Mex bought some things to send home with our friend Maren for his brothers. We bought a mortar and pestal that is shaped like a turtle and some little coffee cups that look like miniature Mexican jars. There was lots of candy and people selling fruit on a stick. I tried sugar cane for the first time. I liked the flavor but I didn’t like the fact that you chew it and then end up spitting most of it out again. It’s very fibrous and tough but Mex’s dad loves it. We tried to go to the Feria early in the day and were there by 10am but by 1pm when we were leaving it was very, very crowded.
"Sweets" for sale - mostly nuts pressed into bars with honey, sugar and other sticky substances. Chocolate is hard to find =(
Sometime in the last hour I ended up getting my purse slashed. I was lucky nothing was stolen. Mexico is infamous for purse slashings. I should have listened to Mex better and kept my purse in front of me but, when we were leaving, my hands were loaded with stuff and I forgot, letting it fall behind me. I never really took the threat seriously in a small town like we were in, probably less than 2000 people. I thought it was mainly a concern in bigger cities but I guess you need to watch out all over. So far that’s been the only bad thing that’s happened to us on the trip (stomach bugs aside). I was very sad since it was a special “travel” purse from the AAA store that was supposed to be more secure but they must use really sharp knives because it went through all five layers. Mex’s sister, Filogonia, had her purse slashed in Mexico City and they actually slashed her hip, too! I guess I’m “fortunate”!
Crafts for sale at the Feria in Huasulco
Purse slashing - all 5 layers of my expensive "tough" travel purse from the AAA store
Gaby and Deysi
This is Ernesto, who is Filogonia’s son. He is 19 and going to college studying plant biology (from what I can gather from the Spanish). He lives in the house where we are staying and has gone with us to the Feria (street market) and to Tlaxcala. He’s very quiet most of the time but has a great laugh.
Gaby is Filogonia’s daughter and she is 16 or 17, I can’t remember. She lives in the house we are staying in too. Deysi is on the right and she is our niece who came to Minnesota for our wedding. She is the daugher of Macrena who died of cancer this past December.
Parents when they were around 20. Constancia and Hilario
This is a picture of my mother and father-in-law that I had refinished. Constancia, died of a heart problem when my husband was 14. It was a life changing event for his whole family and was the turning point for his own future.
Andrea (Abelina) and Santos
My sister-in-law, Andrea (Abelina is her nickname) and her husband Santos. This picture is taken in front of the house of their son, Jorge (which is right next door to their house). There are 4 homes on their lot… theirs and one that each of their 3 sons has built. We call it a hotelria.
My husband with his dad, Hilario, who has been smiling for the last month since hearing his son was coming home (the last time he saw one of his sons was over seven years ago). He was waiting outside the gate of the house when we showed up at 8 at night. He doesn’t speak much but he always laughs and smiles and you can see how happy he is to have one of his sons home (all of the four live in MN).
Ely, Sofia, Abelina, Filo with their dad, Hilario
These are the four sisters that live in Tetelilla – The has three other sisters; one lives in a town an hour away, one passed away four months ago, and one died in childhood. Elizabeth (Ely) and Filogonia (Filo) live with his dad.