Alamo Cat

Spanish Translation

Last night I stayed awake really late because I was editing the video from the previous entry. When I finished it, I went to bed; Alisa was already in a deep sleep and had no idea that I was in the room. While laying down and listening to a podcast, I realized that I still had not set the alarm on my phone. I was wearing my EarPods and I touched one to activate Siri. When Siri asked me what I needed, I told her to set the alarm for 6:30 in the morning. Suddenly, Alisa sat up, grabbed her cellphone, and begun setting her alarm. Afterwards, she returned to sleep without saying a word. It was really funny; I wanted to ask her about it but she was already in a deep sleep, and I didn’t want to wake her. I told her in the morning what had happened and she remembered doing it but could not remember why. Once she realized that I was actually talking to Siri, she could not stop laughing!

I awoke at 6:30 in the morning to talk with my tutor Hugo who lives in Guatemala. It was really hard to wake up because of the time change and my lack of sleep. When I am tired it is really hard for me to speak Spanish. Although it can be difficult, I still try to talk with a tutor for at least an hour a day; I think it is worth it. Mario, my father, arrived at the house about about 9:45 in the morning to take me to Enterprise to pick up a rental car. I think I got a good deal. I paid 170 dollar for 8 días plus the insurance. Oh well… After picking up the car, we headed over to a Mexican restaurant called Tacos Mexicanos. I order the Huevos Rancheros. The food was good, but it was very different from what I am used to.

We decided to return to the Alamo firstly because it is one of the most famous places to visit in Texas and also because the Alamo has housed a grounds cat for years. The last time we were in Texas, we got to see the cat C.C., however she passed away and a new cat named Bella has replaced her. When we were in the church (The most iconic part of the Alamo), I asked a lady who worked there where we could see the cat. She directed us to a part of the Alamo where we could see the tombstones of the previous cats and possible see Bella herself.

We headed over to the site and saw two tiny little tombstones with the names of both cats. It was really cute the way that they set them up. A grounds keeper showed us where Bella was and we got a chance to see/pet her, but she was not interested in us at all.

We recorded some footage with the Gimble and shot some more footage around the courtyard. I really was excited about shooting some footage inside the church itself, but photographs and videos are not permitted inside. While inside, we learned several things that we didn’t know about the Alamo before. For example, the Solders had built a second story on the inside completely out of wood. However, any trace of the level is completely gone now; there is a photograph from the late 1800’s that shows what it actually looked like. While we were there it was also a great opportunity to read up a little bit about the history of the Alamo. I grew up in Texas. Before moving to Portland in 1997, I lived there for 18 years of my life. However, I don’t think I ever really appreciated what happened with what people call The Battle of the Alamo. It is pretty intense. I will link to a wiki here if you are interested. We are also making a video about our experience today with a brief explanation about what happened, and it should be uploaded in the next several days.

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