My life in numbers

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Days I’ve spent in Mexico                                                                                              10
Hours per day in training or Spanish classes (Mon-Fri)                                    9
Times per night a train passes by my bedroom window, waking me          Minimum: 4
Times host family has taken me to classical music concerts                           3
Evenings that I’ve danced cumbia, salsa, or meringue                                      2
Greetings given with a kiss on the cheek, per day                                               Minimum: 8
Times that I said “wow, corn fungus is delicious!”                                              1
Times that I’ve said “can you explain that word?”                                              Countless
Weeks until Mexican Independence Day                                                                 1
Fireworks heard nightly, getting people excited for Independence Day  Minimum: 6
Delicious meals eaten, cooked by host mother                                                    All of them!
Other Peace Corps Volunteers in Mexico                                                                70 – 80
Months until Mexico’s new president takes office                                              3
Times per day I accidentally use German or French in lieu of Spanish     10 – 30
Times per day I say “little by little” in reference to learning Spanish        Minimum: 4
Times per day that I eat soup                                                                                       2

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Meals eaten with corn tortillas                                                                                    95
Meals that are followed by dessert                                                                            66
Corrections given if you say “good morning” during the afternoon          100
People living in urban areas in Mexico                                                                    75
Sewage waste that is actually treated in Mexico                                                  30
Forest fires that were started by discarded cigarettes in Mexico                 11
World’s biodiversity, found in Mexico                                                                     12
People in training group who have been sick                                                       20+

Miscellaneous numbers

SPF level needed to keep my skin lily-white while in the office                   15
SPF level needed to keep my skin lily-white while outdoors                          50
Elevation of my current city, in feet                                                                        6,000
Average annual daily temperature in my future city, in Fahrenheit         57
Average winter low temperature in my future city, in Fahrenheit             37
Average summer high temperature in my future city, in Fahrenheit        76
Hour of a typical breakfast in Mexico                                                                       8 am
Hour of a typical lunch in Mexico                                                                              3 or 4 pm
Hour of a typical dinner in Mexico                                                                            9 or 10 pm
Age of Mexico’s National Park Service (CONANP)                                              12 years
Age of USA’s National Park Service                                                                          96 years

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