Summer 2003 in Cuernavaca, Mexico, at ICC

About to leave
About to leave

Good, I have a ride to Cuernavaca!
Good, I have a ride to Cuernavaca!

On the way out of Cd. Mexico...
On the way out of Cd. Mexico...

Dining hall of Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos
Dining hall of Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos

The room where Joe Boland's kids slept (did he do the painting?)
The room where Joe Boland's kids slept (did he do the painting?)

Some undeveloped buildings on the grounds of NPH
Some undeveloped buildings on the grounds of NPH

The orphanage was an abandoned sugar cane hacienda
The orphanage was an abandoned sugar cane hacienda

Although some of the ruins were restored, it ended up being cheaper to just build new
Although some of the ruins were restored, it ended up being cheaper to just build new

'Graduates' of NPH must return a year of service. Some went on to become engineers and built really cool stuff like this fish farm.
'Graduates' of NPH must return a year of service. Some went on to become engineers and built really cool stuff like this fish farm.

My 'family' - mostly 'extended'
My 'family' - mostly 'extended'

There was an actual volcano outside cuernavaca.
There was an actual volcano outside cuernavaca.

A rainstorm (looked a lot cooler in real life)
A rainstorm (looked a lot cooler in real life)

The house across the street from the school
The house across the street from the school

Rick and his new pet
Rick and his new pet

Relaxing between classes
Relaxing between classes


Ping-pong was a popular break pastime
Ping-pong was a popular break pastime

Some wall hangings from my bedroom
Some wall hangings from my bedroom

The son of my 'mom' (Elsita) was a priest (Octavio) - but died a few years ago due to a uncontrollable infection :-(
The son of my 'mom' (Elsita) was a priest (Octavio) - but died a few years ago due to a uncontrollable infection :-(

He's at mass w/ a bishop... I met a few mexican seminarians (one of whom is the 2nd blob on the left)
He's at mass w/ a bishop... I met a few mexican seminarians (one of whom is the 2nd blob on the left)

Padre Octavio during the consecration (use your imagination)
Padre Octavio during the consecration (use your imagination)

Elsita worked at the Diocese's major seminary (phil. & theo). A pretty place, they even had a Gym like we do.
Elsita worked at the Diocese's major seminary (phil. & theo). A pretty place, they even had a Gym like we do.

Classroom building at the seminary
Classroom building at the seminary

Seminary Chapel and buildings
Seminary Chapel and buildings

This one was in the bathroom.
This one was in the bathroom.

When it was nice out, we learned our Palabras in the
When it was nice out, we learned our Palabras in the "Palapas"

A view down a street in a 'nice' neighborhood
A view down a street in a 'nice' neighborhood

Big Moth
Big Moth

Grilling out for the 4th of july, nice to have a slab of greasy hamburger after all those greasy tacos.
Grilling out for the 4th of july, nice to have a slab of greasy hamburger after all those greasy tacos.

The gal in the middle was a housemate for my first two weeks. Didn't hear her english until the last day, it was a purdy southurn draahhwl.
The gal in the middle was a housemate for my first two weeks. Didn't hear her english until the last day, it was a purdy southurn draahhwl.

Leaving town
Leaving town

Mini-waterfall right by the highway
Mini-waterfall right by the highway

Tasco's main church (it's 3 pics, the tower's really straight)
Tasco's main church (it's 3 pics, the tower's really straight)

View of Taxco
View of Taxco

Ryan and Rick were the only two familiar faces in my school (there were plenty next door at IDEAL)
Ryan and Rick were the only two familiar faces in my school (there were plenty next door at IDEAL)

Taxco
Taxco

The group from ICC
The group from ICC

Our driver
Our driver

Taxco ('tahs-koh') from the exitus
Taxco ('tahs-koh') from the exitus

My booty
My booty

Basica of our lady of Guadalupe
Basica of our lady of Guadalupe

The lean is not forshortening
The lean is not forshortening

The old church is actually falling over
The old church is actually falling over

Maybe someday the new one will (I didn't say that!)
Maybe someday the new one will (I didn't say that!)

a huge square filled with thousands of Catholics
a huge square filled with thousands of Catholics

There she is!
There she is!


View from the mountain where the vision happened
View from the mountain where the vision happened

There are 5 churches in the square
There are 5 churches in the square

Yeah, like this:
Yeah, like this:

Inside the old church (didn't fall down on us)
Inside the old church (didn't fall down on us)

Teoteoacha (sp?)
Teoteoacha (sp?)




That's the second biggest in the world
That's the second biggest in the world

Egypt's has the same footprint, but taller
Egypt's has the same footprint, but taller

I've got no problems with a shorter pyramid!
I've got no problems with a shorter pyramid!

Especially when you have to climb down it.
Especially when you have to climb down it.


From the other pyramid
From the other pyramid

Some Foilage
Some Foilage

Consecration at mass at a monastary in town
Consecration at mass at a monastary in town

How embarassada - ing.
How embarassada - ing.

I got a blessing, too
I got a blessing, too

Elsita. She's as kind as she is purdy.
Elsita. She's as kind as she is purdy.


View from a hill across town
View from a hill across town

Um, uh, a parking lot across town.
Um, uh, a parking lot across town.


Serra club. Nice as they are, uh, Rich!
Serra club. Nice as they are, uh, Rich!

You should have seen this house.
You should have seen this house.

The 'boss' of the school, Edmundo, is a Serran
The 'boss' of the school, Edmundo, is a Serran

They must have sent there extra money to the seminary instead of maids, so don't complain Rick.
They must have sent there extra money to the seminary instead of maids, so don't complain Rick.

Elsita in her kitchen
Elsita in her kitchen

View of Sagrado Corazon, from part of the school.
View of Sagrado Corazon, from part of the school.

The students (as of the 4th week)
The students (as of the 4th week)

Some teachers
Some teachers

Heading to Tepozlan, a little tourist getaway nearby
Heading to Tepozlan, a little tourist getaway nearby

Philipe, a mexican seminarian
Philipe, a mexican seminarian

They turn them with their bare hands!
They turn them with their bare hands!

These bells were all cracked
These bells were all cracked

In Tepozlan
In Tepozlan

Abraham is the other Mexican seminarian
Abraham is the other Mexican seminarian

The big whup here is a pyramid waayyy up there
The big whup here is a pyramid waayyy up there

Further from tepoz., a small-town church
Further from tepoz., a small-town church

The school from that house across the street
The school from that house across the street

Relaxing in a party after school (I swear!)
Relaxing in a party after school (I swear!)

Another new pet.
Another new pet.

'My' street (the white overhand leads into 'my' yard)
'My' street (the white overhand leads into 'my' yard)

Elsita & her roof.
Elsita & her roof.

Another view from the roof.
Another view from the roof.

Teens at a party at Elsita's house
Teens at a party at Elsita's house

Keeping the guests happy
Keeping the guests happy

friends of Elsita - quite the crowd of characters!
friends of Elsita - quite the crowd of characters!


Three seminarians, I forgot the 3rd one's name
Three seminarians, I forgot the 3rd one's name

Class during the 5th week. We studied the subjunctive. I'm still alive.
Class during the 5th week. We studied the subjunctive. I'm still alive.

The 'old' and the 'young' Ricardos (Ours is even the young!)
The 'old' and the 'young' Ricardos (Ours is even the young!)

Some of the missionary girls from chicago.
Some of the missionary girls from chicago.

More teachers
More teachers

The school's main building from a little roof across the yard
The school's main building from a little roof across the yard

Serenading home one of the gals, who broke her foot
Serenading home one of the gals, who broke her foot

Jamie and Ryan
Jamie and Ryan

Me, at the ex-haciendo de Cortes.
Me, at the ex-haciendo de Cortes.

We had lunch there, there are some cool things
We had lunch there, there are some cool things

But the food and service stank.
But the food and service stank.

They were only talking!
They were only talking!

I forget who that was.
I forget who that was.

The teacher on the right would not let me mispronounce anything!
The teacher on the right would not let me mispronounce anything!


The whole place was always 'muy limpia'
The whole place was always 'muy limpia'

Juanita and son
Juanita and son


last week - fun restaurant
last week - fun restaurant

Hold the salsa for now
Hold the salsa for now

I ordered 'fish.'
I ordered 'fish.'

On the back of an autobus - sweet!
On the back of an autobus - sweet!

Track where I ran - only flat place in town!
Track where I ran - only flat place in town!

One of the signs says 'deportes, si - drogas, no!'
One of the signs says 'deportes, si - drogas, no!'

About to split. Dan Bachner and Paul Appel had slept there (in different years, of course!!)
About to split. Dan Bachner and Paul Appel had slept there (in different years, of course!!)

Elsita and one of her five sons
Elsita and one of her five sons

John Phan stayed w/ this friend of Elsita's last year
John Phan stayed w/ this friend of Elsita's last year

Ah, Chicago!
Ah, Chicago!

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