Thursday, March 05, 2009


This photograph was taken at Colegio Guasave. Notice our class uniforms. From left to right, the people in the back row are (as I remember): Leo, Letty, Chino, Arcelia, and Martha. In the front row: Barry, Toño, Guillermo, and Lalo? Of those in this picture, in the last few weeks, I have reestablished contact with Letty, Martha, and Guillermo.

When I was 16 years old, I was a foreign exchange student and spent my entire junior year in a place called Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico. At the time, Guasave was a town with fewer than 100,000 people, located about 5 hours north of Mazatlan. I lived with the Rojas Escarrega family and attended a private school named Colegio Guasave.

My experience as an exchange student altered the course of my life on many levels. For one, I learned to love the culture and language of Latin America. I also gained many new friends and life experiences.

In the last few weeks, I've come into contact once again with several of my old friends. We've been apart for more than 20 years, but as our friendship re-kindles, I feel drawn to return to the city of Guasave and the place I truly became a Spanish speaker.

The Church of the Rosario was built in the 1500s.

Every Monday our school performed el Homenaje a la Bandera (Homage to the Flag). Several girls paraded with the Mexican flag while military style drums and bugles played.


Oklahoma Girl said...

What a wonderful experience!! It is so cool that you are reconnecting. Isn't the internet a wonderful place?!?!

Have a fabulous weekend!!

Blessed be...

Barry Moses (Sulustu) said...

It is good connect with both old and NEW friends. The internet has indeed opened many wonderfl doors for me.

Thanks for checking in, as usual.

Jennifer said...

All I can think to say is I bet the boys liked those girl's outfits. hahahahahaha! Sorry to be so irreverent. =0 I'm sure it was a great experience. I'm envious! I never went anywhere that young - only in my imagination - dreaming of Switzerland where Heidi lived and stuff like that.

Barry Moses (Sulustu) said...

There's no need to worry about irreverence. It was a fabulous and sometimes irreverent experience.

And yes, the guys DID love those outfits, though I still wonder how miniskirts fit into the history of Mexican patriotism.

Jennifer said...

Barry - did you get the Red Earth stuff Robert put together for you??

Barry Moses (Sulustu) said...

Yeah, I got some general information, but I still have specific questions about grand entry times, non-registered dancers, and air travel with eagle feathers. Some of this may surpass his area of expertise, but any help is greatly appreciated.

Jennifer said...

@Barry - I gave him all that information. I will check with him. I did have to call Red Earth directly. I'll have him resend tomorrow.


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