I Survived the Winter…by Escaping to Mexico

I know, I know…it’s been four months since my last post!  It’s been a bit of a whirlwind and finally, I have some mental space and time for writing.  You see, back in December, I spent the month miserably frigid just trying to make it through the blistery wintry days in Asheville.  Same with January, actually…but with a forward focus on preparing for my second round of traveling through Mexico.

February 1st, in the worst of the cold, I made that flight to my long beloved second-home, Mexico City.  Truthfully, I had planned to blog all throughout my journey.  I even planned to write a journal…as in actual hand-writing.  But as it turns out, hand-writing takes so much longer than typing and used muscles I didn’t recognize anymore.  I lost interest four days in.

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Blogging was still my intention, and I did all the extremely fun stuff of documenting my adventures through photography. But unfortunately, I couldn’t find the motivation to sit down and expel my thoughts.  Mostly, I think it was because, unlike last time, this trip felt less like living and a lot more like action-packed traveling.  There’s nothing wrong with that…I had a phenomenal time, but since I was experiencing so much, so fast, I found it hard to make space for actual reflection…I was just doing, just being.

So here I am…I have made it back to Asheville after this three-month course of travel through Mexico.  I’m 11 days post travel and feeling a bit more rested, a bit more inspired, and a bit more ready to reflect.

So to kick it off, here is a summary of how I life-hacked through winter…well about half of winter, actually.

Days 1-6: Rejuvenated my adoration for Mexico City and found much-needed closure

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Day 7: Climbed the cliffs of Tepoztlán and made friends with Coatis

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Days 8-10: Wandered the colorful alleyways and markets of Guanajuato

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Days 11-18: Chased the golden hours in the streets of San Miguel de Allende

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Days 19-23: Escaped to island paradise in Isla Holbox and survived food poisoning

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Days 24-86: Scoped out life and adventures  in the wildly hot city of Mérida and the surrounding towns of the Yucatán Peninsula. 

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The complete destination list here included Celestún, Progreso, the Ruta Puuc (including the famous Uxmal ruins), Ek Balam, Valladolid, Chichén Itzá, Cozumel, Tulum, Cobá, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, and SO MANY AMAZING CENOTES!  My family even came to visit one week and we had a blast touring the area.  (Check out my week-long family itinerary here).

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There are so many magical experiences to share…and I don’t find magical to be too strong a word to describe what was there.  The Yucatán is markedly different than central Mexico in many ways and has it’s own special significance for me now too.  Finding the different beats of Mexico’s heart has absolutely enchanted my soul and I can say with 100% certainty this relationship will continue.  More to come on this love story…

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Fast forward, May 1st, I landed back in Asheville on arguably the most beautiful day of 2018 yet.  Spring has sprung, it’s warm and green with lovely afternoon thunderstorms.  And it’s been two years since I’ve experienced spring in the Western North Carolina mountains, which I love…so all in all, my plan to survive by leaving winter worked wonderfully.

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