This is Fionn Sweeney, your outbound (now inbound!) to Mexico! I arrived August 6th to Veracruz, Ver. Mexico and so far I've been having an incredible time. My host family is a single mother, Leticia, and her daughter Isaura. However, yesterday Isaura left for her own Rotary exchange to France, so now it's just me and Mama.

I started school last week and really love it. My Spanish isn't very good so I don't understand much but my teachers are very understanding of that and all of the friends I've made try to help me as well. I'm so happy I'm in such a warm and welcoming country.

       Last night my Mama and I returned from Mexico City (where Isaura's flight was from) and it was such a beautiful city. There was a music festival and the city was preparing for their independence day which is next month. The architecture was incredible, a beautiful mix of old and new.
       I also visited Xalapa, the capital of the state of Veracruz, which was also beautiful as well. My Mama's family lives there so I got to meet all the cousins, nieces, and nephews, and let me tell you, there were a lot. I'll try to send you and the  club updates every month or so if that's okay with you. I've also included a picture from my trip to Mexico City (it was a little rainy that day).

Sincerely, Fionnuala Sweeney