Friday, May 5, 2017
Happy Cinco de Mayo! I can’t say many American college students celebrate this holiday for the ‘correct’ reasons… But it is a very important holiday in Mexico (May 5 is the date Mexico was surprisingly victorious of the French at the Battle of Puebla). In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo signifies a celebration of Mexican-American culture which should be celebrated!
We had classes today to make up for missed classes on Monday (Labor Day). For history, we walked to the train station to see Jewish memorials. I had no idea they were located there, and I’m sure many passing people are oblivious to them. I can understand why the memorials are at the train station, because that’s where Jews left their homes during the Holocaust. However, I don’t think they gain the respect and admiration they deserve in such a crowded transportation hub. I’m glad my professor pointed them out to us though.
A strange encounter happened when we stood outside the train station. A man (I don’t think he was completely there mentally) walked passed us and said, “Mussolini” while performing the Nazi salute. I don’t know if it was just an odd coincidence or if he knew he passed a class dedicated to the Holocaust and wanted to screw with us. We tried our best not to react, even though it took us by surprise and was very disrespectful– horrific even.
Nine of us went to Tijuana’s for margaritas tonight. There were so many kids I saw from my classes! It was really fun all being together, talking about our summer plans, and reflecting on our year. There will be lots of that in the remaining time here. Sasha and I shared a medio (medium) plate of nachos, and they were delicious! Tomorrow we are taking a day trip (planned by our RAs) to hot springs. Last free weekend of the school year, since next weekend is a study weekend! xo ~ e.