These are some of the flowers leftover from an event at the Instituto. When I arrived yesterday to give M a tour of the school. He was impressed by the beautiful grounds and peaceful setting even though it is right on the corner of Niños Heroes and Benito Juarez and across the street from a gas station. The outside walls and lush landscaping seem to insulate the place.

M had a chance to meet some of the warm staff members, including Sam and Kim of enVia, Mari in the cafeteria, and Octavio and Flor, two of my Spanish teachers. Even though it was a bustling Monday morning, everyone made the time to welcome M to Mexico, Oaxaca, the Instituto.





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