- Constant dog barking (generally from my family's dogs, but other dogs as well)
- All-too-common catcalls and whistles on the street as I walk to and from the bus stop
- Eating the same foods over and over and over again
- Taxis honking at me when I'm waiting for the bus. Unless you can take me across town for 6 pesos, I'm not interested!
The day my host mom saw how tired I was when I got home from work, and immediately went to check the boiler so I would have hot water for a shower.
A walk to Walmart with Humberto and Maury. It exhausted them but they wanted to spend time with me. Maury affectionately called me hermanita, but when Humberto tried to do the same he was quickly reprimanded because I'm only his cousin. Maury wants that brother title all to himself.
The chance to cook American style food for my coworkers.
Nightly conversations with my host mom over dinner.
The joy of watching newborn kittens grow up.