Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Farewell from Merlita...

Good-bye San Pancho, you will be greatly missed. I think I was the only one who cried Friday morning before we left the hotel and the only who cried saying good-bye to our new friend Maria at the airport. I  really enjoyed my trip to Mexico. The last 4 weeks gave me a whole new perspective and appreciation for dental hygiene and it definitely re-sparked my passion for why I chose this profession. It also challenged me personally as I was immersed fully in the culture of San Pancho and make some really great connections with the people there, which I hope will last. 

Prior to leaving Victoria we were warned of “culture shock”, this definitely got me. I may not have been able to speak Spanish and communicate very well with the people but regardless I was able to connect very well with the Mexican culture. Mexico was my kind of place, I felt like I was at home in their easy, carefree, slow lifestyle. Being there I was never homesick, but the moment I left I was homesick for San Pancho…

Signing out, Merlita   


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