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Our first water story after an exhausting day

June 25th, we had a meeting with Mrs. Mara Hernandez (a specialist on water conflicts in Mexico).

Jessica and I spent half of the morning wondering around Insurgentes. It seemed like it had no end as it crosses the whole city from North to South.

Jessica and I spent half of the morning wondering around Insurgentes. It seemed like it had no end as it crosses the whole city from North to South.

Jessica and I felt a little bit lost among Insurgentes main avenue, Mrs. Hernandez was vague in giving us specifications about how to find her office, we might had the wrong address and Amy was in the city too, so we had to guide her in order to locate us among the huge avenue.

 

Surprisingly, Amy found the office and us in her first try to walk among the city alone. She is such an experienced woman with great skills and

Finally, the three of us are in the field.

Finally, the three of us are in the field.

I was impressed because I would not have been able to locate myself during my first day in the city without Jessica’s help. We were so happy to find her and got ready for our meeting.

The meeting went great and it was truly worth it. Mara helped us clarifying what kind of water problems are suffering people living in Mexico, she gave us different views about the conflict and provided us with some contacts which I am sure will be useful for us.

Jessica, Mrs. Mara Hernandez and me at Gerencia del Poder's headquarters.

Jessica, Mrs. Mara Hernandez and me at Gerencia del Poder’s headquarters.

It was a wonderful coincidence that a woman working at Mrs. Hernandez’s office suffered from some water supply and shortages issues at her home and she felt comfortable in telling us her story. I felt glad we found our first story, but also concerned about this woman´s reality. Without water there is no life (in any extent, society level or location) and being able to empathize with people directly affected by water conflicts has given me a more human and real perspective out from the one I can take from the books or documentaries.

The view from Mara's office was amazing.

The view from Mara’s office was amazing.

Coming back home was an adventure for us. We left Amy at the metro and Jessica and I took the metrobus, which is one of the fastest ways of travelling by public transport among Insurgentes avenue. Please check out my “pendeja face” while taking the metrobus, it was crowded and getting out of it could be described as giving birth to a crowd.

The word Sandwich can perfectly explain how I was feeling in that moment.

The word Sandwich can perfectly explain how I was feeling in that moment.

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