To date Kristine has done a marvelous job of chronicling our journeys, but for some unknown reason she keeps insisting that I should be contributing something as well. So, after months of nagging (she would say encouragement) I share a few thoughts. What the hell, it has been 9 months since I did this, so I guess I haven’t been that over burdened. So here we go in no particular order.
First off, being away from “home” for extended periods of time is challenging. We miss all of our family, friends and loved ones. Travel is exhilarating, fascinating, enlightening, rewarding and exhausting all at once. Although there are times when it can be overwhelming and the thought of a stable place with people you know can be quite appealing.
Our time in Merida was very enjoyable and convinced me at least that living somewhere new is possible. Merida has many things going for it and we found it quite satisfying on many levels, but in the end I don’t think it is a place where we would consider on a long term basis. It is a bit challenging to get to and access to the water (ocean) is not what I would like it to be. Yes, it is all about me.
Mexico is a big and extremely diverse country. The geography changes dramatically. Deserts, oceans, rain forests, jungles and high alpine mountains and that is just on the Yucatan. In Merida it was not uncommon to experience temps from 105-110 F. but now we are in the mountains at 7,000 ft (the town of San Cristobal de las Casas) freezing off our various appendages on a landscape that reminds us of the Colorado mountains. It seems like Colorado until you watch the people walking the streets. They are from everywhere, South America, Honduras, Guatemala, Europe (heavy on Spain) and Asia. It is as culturally diverse as any place we have been. Amazing.
Do not travel to Belize from Mexico by bus if you can avoid it. Doing a border crossing and customs inspection is challenging enough but then you throw in the need to have 3 (Belize, US and Mexican) types of currency and it starts to become a bit ridiculous. You all know what a patient man I can be!! This is definitely a witches brew. All and all I would rather spend time in Port au Prince, Haiti then in Belize City. At least the roads are better. If you haven’t figured it out yet I am over Belize. I just don’t get the appeal. The beaches aren’t that great and it seems to be more third world then it’s neighboring country Mexico.
If you’re in a bar and have had a couple of pops and you think that bowl on the table looks like a pretty good snack, be careful, it just might be an ashtray with sand. Yeah, I was that blonde, but it sure gave Kris something to laugh about.
We have now migrated to Oaxaca after an 11 hour bus ride. At least I didn’t have a little kid lose his lunch on my feet!! That actually happened on the way to San Cristobal de Las Casas. Karma can be cruel at times. Oaxaca is a beautiful colonial city with lots of interesting stuff. It is still above 5000 ft and the rain has continued to fall. All and all the last 2 weeks have pretty much felt like March in Washington. Enjoy your summer, I’m freezing.
I’m really jonesing for some good Chinese food.
Next week Puerto Escondido. Warm temperatures, beach, palapas, margaritas and the world will be right again.
The weather is here, wish you were beautiful.