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POST: First day of Spanish classes in Mexico City

I’m going to skip ahead a bit and give an update on my Spanish class. It is, after all, the main reason I’m here. My commute to class was simply to walk down four flights of stairs, so I left at 8:58 am and arrived a minute early to the 9 am registration. I had deferred taking a placement exam until day of arrival, so that was my first step. I looked at the exam questions with a blank stare for several minutes before realizing I was never going to write down anything if I kept trying to think of answers in English and then write them down in Spanish.

READ MORE: https://goneaway.blog/2020/01/27/spanish-mexico-city-first-day/
POST: Don’t trust Google Maps

This evening I decided to go to Mass at a church here in Mexico City, one that I was already familiar with. My last information was that Mass started at 7:30 pm. I wanted to get there by 7 to pray the Rosary before Mass began. Google Maps told me the best route by public transit would get me there in 26 minutes. I was skeptical. I left at 6:15 pm just to be safe.

READ MORE: https://goneaway.blog/2020/01/28/dont-trust-google-maps/
POST: Cheap beer in Roma, Mexico City

The no-alcohol policy is one of the most surprising rules of the residence where I’m staying in Mexico City. When I arrived and read the house rules, I almost thought they were kidding. After having been here a few days, it appears the other residents at least are taking it seriously, so I’m not going to be the one to rock the boat. Luckily there are lot of places to drink just a short walk from the house.

READ MORE: https://goneaway.blog/2020/01/29/cheap-beer-mexico-city-roma/
POST: Earthquake?

I woke up in the middle of the night last night to the sensation of my bed swaying back and forth. It was quite different from the near-constant vibration of traffic rumbling along the street below. I’ve been trying to determine whether what I felt was an earthquake.

READ MORE: https://goneaway.blog/2020/01/30/earthquake/
POST: Watching the Super Bowl in Mexico City

Even though my NFL team has been out of the playoffs since the wild card round, it seemed like a given that I’d end up watching the Super Bowl while I was in Mexico City. Although soccer certainly gets more attention, American football is in fact quite popular in Mexico. And sure enough, on the first day of class, one of my classmates, born and raised in San Francisco, asked about my Super Bowl plans.

READ MORE: https://goneaway.blog/2020/02/05/watching-the-super-bowl-in-mexico-city/
POST: Well, that was easy

I’ve been putting off doing laundry since I arrived in Mexico City ten days ago. I packed relatively light for this trip, expecting to find a nearby laundromat where I could wash a small load of clothes every five or six days, perhaps while doing my homework or writing a blog post on my phone. After arriving, though, I discovered there are few coin-operated laundromats in this city, and none nearby.

READ MORE: https://goneaway.blog/2020/02/05/mexico-city-laundry/
POST: Ay ay ay

Another post about getting laundry done in Mexico City? Sure, why not? As I was getting ready to go pick up my laundry this afternoon, I grabbed my claim ticket and double-checked my wallet. I had plenty of cash to cover the 93-peso charge. The problem was that it was all in 500-peso notes. At the current exchange rate, a 500-peso note is worth about $27.

READ MORE: https://goneaway.blog/2020/02/07/ay-ay-ay/