1. Culiacan has a population of 1.5 million people. And believe me, if you could see the dirt and smell the pollution down here, you´d think there were 3.5 million.
2. Liver does not taste good. One day we went to the restaurant located in the lobby of our not-so-great hotel (more on that later). Of course the menu is in Spanish and Brian bravely ordered something he could not read. Unfortunately, it was liver. Poor thing choked down as much of it as he could, but it was awful.
3. The bus systems are actually very nice. Of course, there are different levels and some are nicer than others. But for the most part you can travel in comfort. I will probably try to buy a ride on one of these bus lines so I can go to some of the out of town games.
4. At our hotel the maid(s) come in our room, sometimes without knocking, between 2 and 4 times a day! Once to make up your bed, take your dirty towels and bring you bottled water, another time to bring you clean towels, and the rest of the time I have no idea why they barge in. It´s quite puzzling and a little disturbing because as I said before, they don´t always knock. The other day a maid decided to come in while Brian was using the restroom.
5. I get to catch up on all the old episodes of Grey´s Anatomy, What About Brian, ER, Seinfeld, Friends, Cold Case, etc. And actually it helps me improve my Spanish because they speak in English, but have Spanish subtitles.
6. I was told before we came down here that I would get a lot of stares. In fact, one friend, who studied abroad in Mexico, told me that the Mexican people would love my blond hair and fair skin and would want to have a picture taken with me. However, I have not found that to be the case. I do get A LOT of stares, but they are suspicious stares. Like, ¨What are you doing here,¨ kind of stares. When I smile at strangers they rarely smile back. Every time I go somewhere I feel like all eyes are on me, and not in a good way. Hopefully I´ll get used to it, but for now I really just want to blend in!
7. My main concern coming down here was getting sick. But we haven´t gotten sick at all! Purified water and ice are everywhere down here. We´ve even eaten lettuce, tomato, etc. (things they tell you not to eat unless they´re cooked because they rinse them off with unpurified tap water). I am so thankful that we haven´t gotten ¨Montezuma´s Revenge!¨