Seeing as I didn´t have time to get to a computer in actual Guadalajara, I´m just going to pretend that I did, and that I´m not writing this a week later....
Well, we had a lovely Thursday with the becarios, where we attempted (and failed) to teach them to play cricket, and then had a really nice meal where all the kids dressed up in shirt and dresses and had a proper table service meal with table cloths and everything. The lights weren´t working in the comedor, so we had crappy camping stylee ones, so I´m not too sure what the food was, but it was nice. All the kids had to walk in girlboy partners and sit opposite each other, and we had to give the girls their food first etc. It was dead funny. Some on the becarios juveniles were there, and they took the mick out of everyone holding hands and stuff. Lizzie and I put on skirts and attempted to dress up slightly, and the juveniles and Jorge whistled at us and it was excruciating as always. Jorge - give it a rest man.
After we all ate, there was a presentation for the becaolympiadas with medal and everything, and a little podium made out of crates and stools for 1st 2nd 3rd place. The oldest lads had to help the girls up onto it, and the oldest girls helped the lads. It was hilarious, they were all really embarassed. Much whistling and jeering when certain people held each others hands on the way to the podium...
Then was the obligatory disco. Christ. Mexican dancing is very energetic. And I had to dance with Jorge (who is a bit of a mover, but laughs at you when you crash into people).
Anyway, the next morning, we taught at ocotitlan, made easter cards etc. then legged it out of tepoztlan, bus to mexico, so wierd tram bus thing called a parabus all the way to the north bus terminal (took an hour!) and hopped on a bus to guadalajara. It´s been quite good travelling this week, cos we get half fares for being students, although we´ve had to sweet talk a few ticket people into letting us, because some only accept mexican ID.
The bus took about 8 hours, and we shared a taxi with some other people at the station to the zocalo, and got there at about half 11. We stayed in a youth hostel that night, didn´t really see much of the town because we were knackered. angie and sarah got the private room, and lizzie and I just left all our stuff in their room, put our pjs on and slept in a dorm with 6 lads from various places all over the world. The youth hostel was pretty sound, loads of funky paintings all over the walls that were for sale, and brekkie and the showers weren´t too shabby either. and there was loo roll. always good. In the morning, we swapped hotels cos there wasn´t space for 2 nights, and then checked out a market that we had seen a poster for in the hostel. It was like an open air quiggins, packed with people, loads of band teeshirts and woven bags and jewellry and what not. After that, we spent hours wandering around the town looking in shops and stuff. there was a huge underground market too, but we didn´t get to see the even bigger 3 storey one. The squares were all packed with people, and it was really hot. We got a bus to a shopping centre, looked round that for a bit, then I went back to the hotel cos, of course, I hate shopping, and also because I felt dead ill. I had a nap whilst the others kept shopping, and they all got back to the hotel at about 7. Kerry landed in the square at 9, and we grabbed her a bite to eat, before we all got ready to go out for the evening. We have all decided that it is far cheaper to make your own palomitas in the hotel room, than buy them in bars.
We wandered along the street looking for somewhere good to go, and found a couple of bars with really crappy music, and couple more that were packed and green and minty looking, and then we found one called Ekous with dancing men and girls which were very bizzare. It was a good night. (I think I´ll leave it at that)
In the morning, we breakfasted, stopped off at angie and sarahs´orphanage placement for them to get their bags and then hopped on a bus to Tepic and then to San Blas (there´s a song about san blas dontcha know) where it was beach time!!!!!