Return to Mexico

by Ekua on June 15, 2011 in general travel,Mexico

I feel like I let people down with my summer travel plans.

Everyone: “I know you’re going somewhere exciting this summer! Where are you off to?”

Me: “I’m going to Mexico!”

Almost Everyone: Confused pause. “Again?”

It’s the country next door. I went there last summer. It doesn’t seem exotic enough to people here in California. I guess as the crazy travel girl who goes there so you don’t have to, my choice to revisit Mexico may seem like I’m throwing a wet blanket last year’s travel thrills like Cuba and India.

Okay, so there’s more when it comes to my summer travel plans. More on that later. Right now, Mexico.

I can’t wait to explore the jungley watery state of Chiapas, reunite with quite a few of the the great people I met last summer, sit on a plastic stool in the middle of the street in Oaxaca and eat an Oaxaca-style empanada, stand on the sidewalk in Mexico City and eat a taco, for rain that’s not cold, for the wonderful skies, for the cacti, for the colorful traditions, for the colorful buildings.

I didn’t get enough last summer. I’m curious to see if its possible to get enough.

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Sunee June 17, 2011 at 12:03 am

Don’t worry, Mexico is still exotic to most of the rest of us, and besides, you’re travelling for yourself, not for others 🙂 I’ve been wanting to visit Mexico for ages, so am again looking forward to your posts about it.

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Ekua June 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Now that I’m here, aside from Mexicans, I’ve mostly met Europeans and Australians who’ve traveled a lot further to get here and I love their excitement about Mexico compared to a lot of Californians 😉

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Terri- Try Anything Once June 17, 2011 at 5:09 am

At least you’re going somewhere. That’s all that counts. I haven’t been to Mexico in years! I stayed quite north, so I never got a chance o go to places like Oaxaca (I love saying Oaxaca btw). Have a great time!

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Ekua June 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm

It’s definitely fun to say Oaxaca, haha. The x’s in Mexico can be daunting, but are quite fun to say once you figure out how to pronounce words that use them.

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Jenn Beard June 18, 2011 at 9:35 am

That’s funny, I also feel like I let people down if my vacation of choice isn’t exotic enough. I spent my 30th birthday in Vegas and everyone was like, oh, hmm, that’s nice. It was fun, I just wanted to relax and have a good time and I did. I hope you have a blast on your vacation!

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Ekua June 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm

For me, I just wanted to go to a place I already knew and liked and go deeper. I wasn’t really interested in too much of challenge! So far, very happy with my decision to come back here!

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Lauren Quinn June 18, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I feel like I get the same response. In North America, Mexico just doesn’t seem that exotic or interesting to people. But it’s fucking bad ass, one of my favorite countries—and the only one I crave. I crave it the same way I crave rapini. I don’t understand that, and I suppose I don’t have to.

Stoked for you, and hope you have a blast!

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Ekua June 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Come join me here! Mexico City was just as awesome as I remembered and I’m going back at the end. Can’t say I love the Chiapas hippie scene, but just arrived in San Cristobal and I think there will be some interesting stuff to discover here.

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Odysseus June 21, 2011 at 12:24 am

Well, *I* am excited to read about your trip to Mexico. I grew up in the northern mid-west states. Mexico still seems all glittery and far away to me.

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Ekua June 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Even though I’ve lived in a state next to Mexico most of my life and have been exposed to a bit of Mexican culture there, it really doesn’t compare to visiting. There’s so much to discover about Mexican culture!

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Marie June 30, 2011 at 11:07 am

YES! I can’t wait to be back too! Mexico…our Mexico.

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Ekua July 1, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I was wondering if I just got lucky last year, but I’m loving it just as much the second time around!

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