I’m a very forgiving person, especially at this time of the year. Here’s who and what I’m forgiving at this moment: [Read more…]
On the plane, Paul commented that already it was as though the day before, at work, was a distant memory. To me, it felt like it never even happened. But we weren’t at our destination just yet.
The journey from Connecticut to Mérida was uneventful, but still tiring and tedious. We were surprised to be so lucky to have booked planes with plenty of empty seats. No lines at LaGuardia check-in, either. The flu epidemic had not created an exodus. We caught a break, and we shouldn’t complain, but in a full day of travel, it’s those final minutes that get you. The second leg of the trip is a two-hour flight from Houston to Mérida. First, we were delayed by a late connecting flight. Later, the 737’s ascent from the rainstorm was slow and turbulent. Later, when we [Read more…]
Here’s another picture of Long Island Sound, obviously a little more recent than the one in the previous post. Since Monday, my house has been in darkness, but at least none of the trees that fell landed on us, our house, or our car.
The storm is gone, but that’s not why I’m smiling this morning. I’m smiling because I just booked our January jaunt to Mérida. We’ll be there 16 days, and it’s possible construction will have started on Casa Nana by then. The high I always get after booking myself a flight tends to last at least a day or two.
Last time we flew to Mérida, I swear we swore our next trip would be a longer one. The plane tickets cost the same whether you take a quick trip or now. But we’ve realized we’ll need to parcel out our time carefully because of the busy year ahead — building Casa Nana.
So we’re swooping in, shaking some hands, signing some documents, picking up keys, and heading back home in a few days. Since Christmas and New Year’s happened on Sundays in 2011, we were allowed to apply those days to time off in1Q 2012. So technically, I’m spending the holidays in Mérida, just like I’ve always wanted. Yay.
We’re also going to finally try the Cancún route. It’s less time in the air from New York City, and although we’re not shaving much time off our travel, and the price is a wash, but it should be more relaxing overall. Best part is, [Read more…]
Looks like we’ll be spending another winter entirely in New York and New England. We thought we’d be making border-crossing reservations a couple of weeks ago, but with so many other things up in the air, it’s getting impossible to select a good time for 8 to 10 days in Mérida. My one hope is that we’ll see a last-minute opening — free of obligations and snow storms — and do something on the spur of the moment.
I know that means more expensive flights and fewer choices, but the other option is remaining here all winter. Which is what I normally do anyway. Although the weather lady on TV just remarked about what a mild November we’ve been having, I keep noticing how cold my fingers are. We’re not always so ice-averse. For New Year’s, we’re going to Cape Cod, as we often do. That can be brutal, but we enjoy the beauty and relative peace of Land’s End at year’s end. But I think my days of laughing at the cold are coming to an end.
Meanwhile, we’re starting to get interested in Progreso and the entire Gulf coast. Can you believe I’ve still never been there, or to any of the coastal towns? Next time, we have to get out there and get our bearings. Never been to a Mayan ruin, only been [Read more…]
Today at home is what the weather reports are calling the last day of summer. Summer actually ends next week, but the last of the hot, sunny days was today. Normally, this would make me very sad. Actually, I’m indifferent. Because today is also the day I booked my flight and hotel for my next trip to Mérida.
Soon after we made the decision to pull the switch, I went to the dentist’s for my regular cleaning. Even with fingers in my mouth and sharp objects scraping at my teeth, I found myself suppress a smile, even a laugh. I was giddy, and a little wired, knowing that the place that makes me so happy is just weeks away.
The trip will mark a year from our very first journey to Yucatán. In just one year we’ve made so many friends, and have gotten to know people I think we’ll become great pals with. This trip will be so different from the first, because now we’re reconnecting with folks, making dinner plans and … and … and …
And no house hunting!