Immobilized Adventures with Hillary: Episode #2

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Thanks for watching Episode #2 of Immobilized Adventures with Hillary!  I’ve decided today’s challenge is walking down the hill.  You see, the road conditions are, shall I say decrepit.  There are several different layers of cobblestone, concrete, and some ridged concrete on the way down the mountain.  This makes it extremely uneven and very difficult for me since I have to bend at the waist to even see my feet.  Is this what old age feels like?!

Today Greg and I walked to one of our favorite literal hole in the wall restaurants.  This place is so cool to us-it’s a little hidden corridor near the market.  We discovered it only a few days into living here, and it has quickly become a favorite.  It is a family run operation, all the way.  When we first walked up to it a few weeks ago, we felt overwhelmed, confused, and a little insecure.  We didn’t know where to order, where to sit, or how it worked in the least bit.  I felt like we had just barged into someone’s kitchen who wasn’t expecting us.  We were quickly welcomed in broken Spanish.  We ordered a couple of things from the menu we could somewhat understand-chilaquiles with chicken and chile rellenos.  They were making fresh corn tortillas and brought us some fresh off the press!  The food is so great and we watch them make it in the open air kitchen.  Meals are all either 50 or 60 pesos, so we leave there after tip and all paying about $7 or 8 dollars.  We’ve been back several times in our short stay here thus far.  We feel comfortable there and are starting to be recognized.

 One of the weirdest things so far during the experience of living abroad is our fear of the unknown.  We don’t know how anything works here.  Even the simplest things such as ordering at restaurants has proved itself challenging.  We have made a conscious and concerted effort to not let this deter us from exploring a new way of life here, and man, has the fun just begun!

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