On to Puebla

September 23, 2017

I was officially sworn in as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer last Wed. (9/20), and I’m proud to be contributing to the 55+ year program initiated by Pres. Kennedy.  Drs. Ansel Rodriguez & Enrique Sucar Succar, my two counterparts from INAOE (http://www.inaoep.mx/en/) joined me last Thur. for a final training session together at the Peace Corps Mexico office in Querétaro.  Yesterday, Dr. Rodriguez & I traveled from Querétaro to Pueblo by autobus (about 4 hours, but much more modern & efficient compared to US busses).  I met my new host family in Puebla (actually, closer to Cholula) and immediately felt warmly welcomed into an extended Mexican family.  I’m living with Sr. Victoria Herrada Tapia (86 years old) who has 3 daughters, all living nearby, and 2 grandsons who both speak very good English.  The grandsons have agreed to correct my Spanish if I correct their English.  I’m slowly acclimating to hearing lots of Spanish & understanding about 1/2 of what is being said.  We spent today tracing the bus routes to INAOE (about 10 miles away) and walking around Cholula’s El Centro.  It’s a beautiful and very colorful city.  I hope my family will join me here for the Christmas holiday.  There are still signs of the recent earthquake (e.g. several church steeples toppled, including one on top of the famous pyramid here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pyramid_of_Cholula), but everything is already returning to “normal.”  Most Mexicans are not sad that a church built by the Spanish Conquistadors on top of an ancient pyramid is not surviving.  I begin my new work routine Mon. at INOAE on the microgrid energy project.  I’m learning more history about this project (http://ccc.inaoep.mx/~jemc/index.php/research-lines/autonomous-trading-agents/collective-energy-micro-generation/) which has some connections with both San Diego (http://www-elec.inaoep.mx/seminario2016/Yu_2016.pdf) and La Ventosa (https://en.mexico.pueblosamerica.com/i/la-ventosa/), a wind farm near Juchitán at the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.  This 12-month adventure has already started out exciting and looks to be getting even more interesting!  Saludos, Doug/David/Dad (+1-52-1-222-119-2361)

The Kennedy Legacy lives on!
La Rondalla en Los Portales, Cholula San Pedro Zocalofullsizeoutput_2a43.jpeg

Instituto National de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE)

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