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FINDING ZUMBA CLASSES IN MEXICO--ALWAYS AN ADVENTURE!
It's easy to find Zumba Classes all over the world, right? You just go to www.Zumba.com and near the bottom of the Home Page is a box called "FIND A CLASS". You can enter the name of any city and state in 180 countries and click "SEARCH CLASSES". Even in the smallest cities, you will receive a list of Certified Zumba Instructors (ZIN) and their class locations that are nearby and the class times. You will easily click on "Details" for more information about the Instructor, about the class, and even a map of the class location. You can usually contact the Instructor by clicking "ABOUT" next to the Instructor's name, then "CONTACT", and send a brief message or question through this Zumba.com website. The Instructors almost always respond promptly and in a friendly manner.
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As we drove through town, we realized we were being stared at, by children and adults alike. We were strangers in a strange land. We were outsiders, and we stuck out like a sore thumb in our PT Cruiser with a surfboard strapped to the roof. We finally found the central Plaza—every town and village seems to have a Plaza, no matter how small the town is. There were folding chairs set up around the perimeter of the square and three women wearing what was probably their Sunday church dresses, were talking together near a refreshment table. It appeared they were preparing for a school or community ceremony or party. As we approached them to ask for directions to the Zumba Studio, we received wary looks from all three of the women. When we greeted them with the customary “Buenas Tardes (Good Afternoon)”, they replied in kind, but their expressions were not the smiles we were accustomed to receiving in the tourist towns we have visited. We asked if they knew about the Zumba Studio and they shook their heads. I
showed them my paper with the Zumba Instructor’s name and photo. Then,
one said in Spanish, “Do you mean Fatima?” I said, “Yes, Fatima Maria”,
thinking that if I knew her first and
second name, that would give us credibility. Yes, they knew Fatima. Of
course—in small villages like this, everyone knows everyone. So, we got the “Go
down to the pink house and turn…” version of directions. The closest we could
get to an address for the Zumba Studio in Ejido
Etchoropo was that from the Plaza, it is past the Water Purification Plant,
past the Elementary School, and near Abarrotes
Anjelica. I wanted to take photos in this village, but it felt too intrusive. The sun was getting low in the sky, so we had to head for our RV Park
before it got dark. On this trip, we discovered Ejido Etchoropo, a very interesting, very Mexican village. Maybe
next time we will find the Etchoropo Zumba Studio.
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Or, maybe next time when I look up Zumba Classes on Zumba.com, there will be a new Zumbateacher at a new Zumba studio near Playa Huatabampito. The one constant in Mexico is that things are always changing. Thank goodness for the Zumba.com “Class Finder” and the internet. I can find current Zumba classes near almost any small town in Mexico!
Read more about our adventures in Mexico and Zumba Classes we actually found in my upcoming book "Healthy Living and Traveling in Mexico: A Search for Sunshine, Sassy Exercise, Savory Food, And a Simpler Life".
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