March 2014. Via Ferrata, Cañón de la Huasteca, Monterrey
I can’t describe this adventure in words and pictures hardly do it justice. This route is basically in our backyard and hands down the most incredible thing we’ve done in Monterrey.
It was challenging, both mentally and physically (mostly mentally for me). There were some moments when all I could think was, “What the hell am I doing up here? This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever done.” But once I pushed those thoughts aside and focused on the moment, I was able to enjoy the experience immensely.
Over the past couple of years, several groups of teachers have done the route multiple times. For me, once was more than enough. I’m glad I have these pictures to relive the experience.. but you won’t find me up here again any time soon!
Wikipedia does a great job of describing our new community – “…a city-municipality of the Mexican state of Nuevo León, part of the Monterrey Metropolitan area. It is a contemporary commercial suburb of the larger metropolitan city ofMonterrey.” Yes, San Pedro is definitely ‘Mexican’ with obvious differences from the Southern US (which is only a two hour drive away) but there is an extremely clear ‘American dream’ feel to the community. Our neighborhood is lined with beautiful homes, BMWs, gardeners and gorgeous women.
We’ve been here since July and I’ve managed to survive the entire time without a blow drier or hair straightener… but enough was enough, Matt and I finally bit the bullet and made a trip to WalMart. We were dreading it, like everyone dreads going into WalMart.. but let’s just say our experience was significantly different than in Canada and we were pleasantly surprised.
While there were some similarities, like Christmas decorations already out (in front of the Halloween stuff, figure that one out) here are some of the big differences we noticed:
are to blame for me getting fat.
Chilaquiles is a traditional Mexican dish, usually served for breakfast or brunch. Fried corn tortillas triangles (totopos) are the base, with green (verde) salsa or red (mole) salsa poured on top. This morning for brunch, I had it topped with chicken (pollo) cheese (queso) and refried beans (of course). It’s like pub nachos to a whole new level.. and totally acceptable to eat for breakfast! Look out friends and family, we’re going to be eating chilaquiles for breakfast at Christmas!
In Monterrey, it seems like everyone owns a dog or has a dog that needs a home. There are so many stray pups.. and it’s starting to make us wonder if we should consider taking one in. Crazy, right?
On Thursday night I got an e-mail from a coworker who was desperately searching for someone to adopt an abandon puppy that she found in the pouring rain. She named her ‘Ingrid’ after the hurricane – fitting. Matt and I offered to take care of Ingrid, without committing to keep her.. but by the end of the day someone else had already agreed to take her permanently. I was surprisingly (ha, ya right) disappointed.. and we’ve been talking about all the pros / cons of owning a dog ever since.
Living internationally doesn’t make dog ownership simple at all. We have to consider the cost of doggy day care for our vacations and long weekends, veterinary expenses and possible options for Christmas and summer when we go home.
We laughed when a friend told us that when they travel within Mexico they use this kennel: http://www.canineco.com.mx/lomabonita/canineresort. Apparently it is far away from where we live, but a chauffeur comes to pick up your dog and drives them to the ‘resort’. It is about $200pesos/day, but extra for the chauffeur service. Hilarious!
There is an animal shelter walking distance from our apartment, Luca, with over 200 dogs needing a home. I’m feeling like our apartment is incomplete without Zoe or Tasha around..
Click on the link below to see all the dogs that are up for adoption.. maybe you could help us pick one?