This entry is sadly so so late. I tried pretty hard to make this entry short but it turns out I am incapable of making anything brief so I’ll write a TL;DR version here and you can click through if you want to hear some more details of my trip. I will put the first half of the trip here and the second half in another post.
I ended up in Mexico alone after some two friends unexpectedly canceled on me at the last minute. I wasn’t mentally prepared to travel alone or things may have gone much differently. I spent the first night in Mexico in a complete panic, I cried A LOT and wanted to go home right then and there. But I stayed (mostly because I had to, I guess) and I’m glad I did. Being alone in Mexico was one of those really important life experiences that kind of suck at the time but end up being really valuable. While I did take Spanish in school for many years, I have always been able to read Spanish better than I could communicate verbally. I spent the first three days in Mexico mostly incapable of communicating and feeling like an ignorant tourist. It was extremely difficult and overwhelming, and it made me have a lot of respect for folks who move to countries where they don’t know the language. I really thought this trip alone would be a total AHA moment for me and would make me feel more independent and comfortable with being alone. In some ways it did, but more than anything being alone in Mexico made me feel more lonely than I have in my entire life. My best friend Kipp has been traveling the world by herself since January and says this feeling passes with time, but I don’t think I was away long enough to really transcend the negative aspects of feeling lonely. Fortunately, I still feel like the entire experience was valuable and helped me grow as a person.
I should mention that Mexico wasn’t ALL bad and lonely. It took me a day or two to get comfortable being out and about by myself, but once I did I explored a different beach area every day (with the exception of one day when I went to see Dos Ojos Cenote instead). I got to see both tourist-y spots and some smaller local hang outs that Suzan and Dan suggested. I even made some Mexican friends two days before I left! My main take aways from Mexico were:
- I CAN travel by myself.
- Drink bottled water, but don’t worry about things like salads and fresh fruits, it’s a myth that it will make you sick.
- Fish tacos are amazing no matter where you eat them.
- Mexico is CHEAP. I spent $100 for my food, travel, entry to private beaches, etc for seven days. The most expensive part was traveling to and from the airport, and that was largely because I couldn’t communicate well enough to not get ripped off.
- Salsa in Mexico is HOT. Like, melt your mouth hot. Always ask about the heat before consuming.
My blogging brain has been empty lately. When it does work, I have been helping a friend launch a website and working on editing his blog. It is exciting to help a friend, but it’s a lot more work than I expected and I was sad the other day when I realized how much time and effort I was putting into his blog while neglecting my own. So here we are.
In more positive news, while my blogging brain is empty, my art brain is BURSTING. And it’s about time! Details and some recent art photos are after the cut.