Look at this giant cat book! Look at the collection of children’s books, in English and Spanish! Look at this room; it is beautiful and sunny! This used to be a house. Look at how the closets house books! Look at the poetry section. The magazines. The Mexico travel guides and cookbooks.

I took M to the Oaxaca Lending Library for Saturday intercambio.

At first, he was apprehensive. He didn’t want to go; his Spanish wasn’t going to be good enough; he hadn’t even been in Oaxaca for a day. He hadn’t even had breakfast. However, he decided to try it. We grabbed a latte on the way.

He enjoyed the conversation he had with a local artist, a young man who paints. It was actually a good way to dip a toe into Spanish.

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