In no particular order, here are ten of my favorite things about Mexico:
1. the cheese.....seriously, the best. cheese. ever. I've heard it called queso fresco, which is fresh cheese. Just imagine mozzarella but a million times better!
2. real fajitas.....I hate to tell you all, but until you've had a Mexican fajita, all you've had are fake fajitas (or tacos, etc.). Real fajitas have queso fresco, chicken with peppers, and wonderful, small tortillas. Friends, it doesn't get any better than that, and you can only get that in Mexico!
3. the people.....they were so friendly, gracious, and helpful. I met a Mexican uni student on the plane down to Mexico. She was so friendly and interested in what we would be doing. She even gave us her contact info and told us if we needed anything, she would help us. Every individual I met was just as thoughtful and gracious.
4. the church.....on Sunday, we went to a church service. It was incredible. Everyone was so full of joy. It was a blessing to be at the church service!
5. the music.....oh my goodness, the music! Mexican Christian music is the most beautiful music ever. On Sunday, the worship team did an incredible job. The music just had so much energy. Then in the taxi to the airport on Friday, the driver heard that we were Christians and put on a Mexican Christian music station. Already emotional because of all that happened that week and because I was leaving, I could hardly keep from crying. The music was beautiful.
6. the kids.....okay, I love playing with all kids. The kids in Mexico though were so gracious despite my inability to speak or understand their language. They were precious, and I miss them every single day since I've been back.
7. el español.....let's be real, Spanish is beautiful, and we all know it. Hearing it spoken every day was tough because I couldn't understand (and that's frustrating!), but it was also wonderful. I so miss hearing it every day. I miss saying "gracias" and "hola" and "Dios te bendiga" and it being normal.
8. laughing.....with the language barrier, there was sometime quite the confusion. Perhaps the instance that I smile about the most was when a sweet mom came up to me and spoke in Spanish. She said something that was long. And I did not understand a single word. (I often could catch one or two words.) I must have looked so bewildered because when I looked at the pastor's son and his friend, they were laughing at me. I was laughing too because I realized how silly I must have looked. But, we laughed a lot. Going to Mexico with the best people ever, the reality is...you are going to laugh a lot.
9. Starbucks.....I had never been to a Starbucks in the US. We went to one in Mexico City. I did not get anything, but I found it amusing to hear about Starbucks all week long. I am sure that if I did get something, it would have been the best one ever. That is how Mexico is....everything there is better than it is here.
10. family.....in Mexico, I met some of my family in Christ. It was such a blessing. They taught me so much. They are wonderful people, and I miss them so much. I loved working alongside my amazing family. It was my favorite part of the trip.
Mexico will forever be in my heart.