Hola hola! I’m writing this on the plane to Querétaro (1:44 pm 6/28/15). I actually have no idea when I’ll get the chance to post it, but I wanted to take this time to write out some thoughts.
I’m so excited. This entire trip didn’t feel real until I felt the plane accelerate for take off. 6 weeks. It’s a while to be gone! (Currently going through a tiny bit of turbulence. It’s not my favorite thing.)
Side note: one thing I absolutely love about flying is that no matter what the weather seems to be, eventually you break through the cloud and see the sun.
I like to extrapolate that to my life. You know, no matter what you’re going through, the sun is still out there. Sometimes you just have to get creative to find it.
Anyway, back to Mexico. This is the most unique experience I’ve had thus far in my life! I’ve traveled alone before – both with people waiting for me and another time to a completely random city. Yet, never have I ever gone somewhere with a communicative barrier. I can speak Spanish enough to get what I need and to casually talk with people, but I’m really really really hoping to learn how to be conversational.
(YES, I CAN SEE THE SUN!)
Just being on this plane and listening to the conversations around me has been really fun. Some of them I understand 100%, others I guess using context clues, but there have been quite a few that I cannot understand whatsoever.
I already know this is a challenge I will face in Mexico.
Bring. It. On.
(Oh snap, they’re bringing the drinks through. Ginger ale, por favor!)
Guys, the clouds look incredible. They look like mini marshmallows!
This is the first time I’ve left the country in a while. Last summer I made a bucket list of things I wanted to do. It’s not definite and it’s constantly growing, but it was a start. Leaving the state was on the list and since then I’ve done it four times: Colorado with Erica, to California to visit Sabrina, to Oregon by myself, Florida for Spring Break, and then South Carolina with Texas Tri. (I need to hit up the east coast and soon!)
Leaving the country was right underneath it and now I’m going to Querétaro! And then in September I am going to Italy!
Life is good!
I believe in the importance of travel and adventure.
I also believe that ginger ale tastes best on airplanes.
I’m listening to my music right now and I’m soaking it up because once I’m in Querétaro I plan on listening to the local music.
What an incredible life.
So many good things lie ahead.
I’m going to have a lot to do when I get to Querétaro, but for now, on this flight, life is simple.
The sun is shining, A Thousand Years by Christina Perri is playing, and I feel so happy.
No matter what my fears and anxieties are, life is good. Plain and simple.
Now for an in Querétaro update:
My señora is absolutely wonderful. She’s so sweet and she’s going to make me gain so much weight of I’m not careful. I also don’t understand her 75% of the time, but I’m learning!
That being said, I definitely had an hour long panic attack when I got to my home stay. The lack of communication and separation got to me immediately and I was FREAAKING out. However, my señora took me on a walk around the city and I got to hear so much live music and be around so many people. I saw old people dancing in the street!
I made it a life goal to bring my husband back here to dance in the plaza with me on a Sunday night. But we have to be pretty old. So like 103 or something.
I don’t have Internet in many places and I can’t get iMessages on my phone. If I keep my iPad in this one spot then I can get the wifi, so I doubt it will move in the next six weeks. Anyway, I’m going to get ready for bed because I have un día largo mañana!
Adios mis amigos!