I survived! A second nite in Hermosillo! I found parking in a neighborhood close to the university so I'm not far from my first Spanish lesson, but this time the night was not as smooth as last nite.
The calle (ca-yah = street) is suddenly heavily trafficked shortly after I first get settled. Just when I am seriously considering moving, the cars stop. But then shortly after I fall asleep, I hear a police officer outside – sounding disturbingly close to u.s. police officers, talking into some kind of mike with those canned radio noises in the background.
I keep quiet until he starts rattling the propane cage under my truck but by the time I jump up, find and put on my shorts, he has taken off – most likely a greater emergency then my truck.
Once again, I seriously consider moving the truck in case he returns but then... why not face the Hermosillo police if I have to and get it over with?
So I stay put and before I know it, the sun is coming up, birds are singing in the palm trees and I could be in any little desert city, Tucson, Los Angeles, etc.
The internet café I found yesterday and return to this morning, Cafénio, is apparently the Star Bucks competition here so I’m triply glad I found it. Plus they have organic café!
My one week of 20 hours of español lessons will cost me $166 american. I think I will do it although it will deplete my funds greatly. I’m hoping sales are going well back home as I write – and estudiante español here.
My plan/budget is to spend less than $10 american dollars a day in order to make it for one year. I have crossed the border with $700 even though I left home with $1000.
Staying in the states cost me. I had to give $100 for fuel, although I received 60 gallons of pristine, filtered wvo! And then camping with the Daboo was almost another $100; plus I spent $18 on the veggie fuel filters Gloria bought and gave her $22 to cover tolls, gas, and her trouble.
The other money went on last minute things like hydrogen peroxide and I splurged on a coffee cup so I don’t have to keep using paper, etc.
So far, I’ve spent $1.00 at the internet café in Carboca, about $4 on coffee so I can sit for hours on the internet; $22 for my visa to stay in Mexico for 6 months; $2.00 on guacamole waiting for the profesor last nite and I believe that’s it. So I’m staying within my $10 per day – until I do the lengua escuela (language school)…
This morning I cook my steel-cut oats with apples, raisins, and cinnamon - yummy! I eat what's left of my pomegranate.
Theoretically, I do not have to buy food for a long time - if I can do without fresh veggies and fruit. I still have apples, sweet potatoes, and kabocha fresh. We'll see.
And if I can find veggie oil - which I should be able to as soon as I figure out how to ask in español - once I fill the tank, I should be able to drive for several hundred miles without having to purchase diesel.
And if I can still find places to park without bringing too much attention to myself, i.e. free places, I don't have to spend money on housing.