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Life with a Mexican Family

This summer I went on a three week homestay in Guadalajara, Mexico. My homestay was the best experience of my life. My host brother and I clicked immediately and became great friends, my host family was very kind and supportive, and the neighborhood kids accepted me as their own.
Although we did go to some of the tourist spots in Guadalajara, that was not the main focus. Most of the time, my host family and I went along with the family’s daily routine. The parents went to work, the kids played, we went out into the neighborhood, and we hung out with friends. All these activities took up most of our time. I’m very happy that I got to see what life was for a typical Mexican family.
What made my trip to Mexico great was how well I clicked with my host Brother. The first day, after I woke up from a nap, he was instantly talking to me as a friend. By the end of the first full day I was in Mexico, we were talking in Spanish like we has been friends for a long time. We did not feel the need to talk about everything all the time but we were by no means shy to each other. As time went on and we got to know each other I could not notice a difference in how we acted versus how my friends and I act. For example, if there was something I did not like I would tell him, and he would try to do something about it. Most of the time if I did not like something, he would not like it either. How close I was to my host brother during my stay in Mexico my stay that much more comfortable and enjoyable.
The best experience I had in Mexico was getting to know my host brother’s neighborhood friends. On the second day I was in Mexico, my host brother and I went out with the neighborhood boys to play Soccer. The kids I played with were very welcoming. A big difference for the United States is that the kids never entered each other’s homes; they would walk around on the streets. We would often go to a local store, run by a kind old woman, and get something to drink. Then, we would go to a park that was close by and talk. The warm attitude and acceptance of the neighborhood boys made hanging out with them the best experience of my trip to Mexico.
At the end of my trip, I met back up with my group in Mexico City. The group consisted of my chaperone, Amy Durum and her daughter, along with 4 other kids. This was the only part of my trip where I felt like a tourist. Our group had a tour guide. We went to places like the pyramids, the government palace, and Frida Kahlo’s house.

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