Hampton, Virginia: Welcome Back

    

[1] Yes, life DOES take VISA!
Diagnostic to determine that Shorty Rock (my car) cannot be fixed? $78
Installing alarms on The Duplex due to weekend break-in? $700
Still feeling like the luckiest chic on the planet? priceless.

[2] Jorge left Andrea and I in Cuernavaca one Jack Daniels drenched morning at 4am to head on to Acapulco with a bunch of random new-found friends. I didn’t cry. Mostly because he was tipsy and kept naming the 3 frogs on my t-shirt after the three of us in a hiccup-riddled state of inebriation. Andrea and I caught a bus back to El DF (Mexico City) where we had to split up and head to different bus terminals to get to our respective destinations (Ecuador for her, Guanajuato for me). We both cried as we hailed separate cabs at the station, clutching hands and starting sentences we couldn’t finish. Finally she just got in her cab and that was it. I’ve since heard from both of them and they are well. No longer the stars of this here blog and the center of my international social life, but no less missed.

[3] I was startled to find that I was both excited to get home to the states and blue to be leaving the life I’d been living the last 3 months. Even after being back for a month (I got back in early June) I am still equally excited about being home and anxious to get back to Latin America. Though I’m enjoying focusing on some of my non-travel related goals, I am also plotting my return to Mexico (October depending on the free-lance contract situation). I am also realizing that though I dubbed this my “one year off”, that I’m falling in lurve with the lifestyle itself and one year won’t be nearly enough.

[4] Dream Big. If there is something you dream of doing, something so crazy you don’t even say it out loud but you often think “If I could do X….” then get started, life waits for no (wo)man and you deserve your shot at bliss as much as anyone. Good luck, God Speed and Stay Tuned. It really wouldn’t have been the same without you.

“I’d rather die on my feet than live a lifetime on my knees.”
– Emiliano Zapata

7 thoughts on “Hampton, Virginia: Welcome Back”

  1. I. Am so. Jealous. I gotta figure out a way to take my act on the road. Or maybe just to Puerto Rico. I know there are a number of businesses there that are compatible with my skill set.

  2. You said it. You said it. I am so glad you decided to live your dream. Traveling like you have is an amazing adventure…and the memories!!!

  3. @ Erica: Do it, even if its just for a couple of months, try it. I know in Guanajuato there were a TON of American engineers working at the GM plant just outside of town and they could stay for weekends, weeks or months at a time.

    @ Lu: I am glad too. You are an inspiration yourself chica. Everyone who has commented and/or emailed has been a part of the journey, giving me courage and confidence on the days when they were lacking.

  4. Dia,
    Welcome back to the US of A.
    Too bad about Short Rock and the break-ins in Richmond.
    I have really enjoyed reading about your adventures: the people
    you have met, the sights you have seen and getting a glimpse of the night-life that I never in a million years would experience.
    Love your lots. 🙂 :0

  5. “Dream Big. If there is something you dream of doing, something so crazy you don’t even say it out loud but you often think “If I could do X….” then get started, life waits for no (wo)man and you deserve your shot at bliss as much as anyone. Good luck, God Speed and Stay Tuned. It really wouldn’t have been the same without you.”

    Taking this to heart.

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