Monday, July 7, 2008
Its been a while since I did an update and I never did get around to talking about Mexico. Its a little bit less fresh in my memory than when I first returned so I'm not going to go the the difficult process trying to remember all the details so I'll just say what memories have endured. I haven't been to Mexico since I was 18 years old and I only went to Tiajuana with my parents, brother and best friend.
This time I went with my best friend from college and a whole bunch of amazing people that are his friends. See the crew below.
We were fortunate enough to stay at the beautiful Zaragoza Family property. Karina invited us into her home and her parents came the second day and cooked us deep fried half cornish game hens. Not staying in a hotel, but rather, with a real family from Rosorito was the best part of the trip. Not only did I feel safe and authentic I got to see a whole different side of Mexico besides the often catered to tourist safe streets that most American travelers get to see.
Karina took us to Puerto Nuevo the first night to eat Lobster. I in all honesty haven't had lobster before and this was fresh from the ocean and incredible. 4 pounds, rice beans and tortillas fo 40 bucks. Amazing.
And then we danced. I will simply say that I love to dance and dance we did...SO HARD!
The next day we spent the whole day at the beach sun bathing, playing bocci ball, swimming in the ocean and eating and drinking the flavors of Mexico.
After a whole day at the beach in the sun we returned back to the house for those famous chickens and then a much needed nap before heading back out for another night of boogie down antics. I remember thinking "I'm not going back to the US, I could stay here forever." I know thats messed up but its was the most spontaneous, exotic, out of the ordinary trip I've taken all summer and I didn't really want to leave.
But leave we did and after a two our border wait we were once again back the ol U S of A.
I did have a good week back, got to go up to Rattlesnake Lake with Stephie, got to go out on the town in Tacoma with my MAT friends Katie, Will, Kary (sp?) and Merriam (sp?). And then fourth of July at home with the family and friends for a good old fashioned Iverson Family get together finished off a solid week here in Washington. But I'd be lying if I said I don't think about returning to Mexico for lobster, beaches, speaking spanish and dancing with good friends.
In other related news...It finally happened. I started to miss Alaska. I mean I don't miss the loneliness, the hard work and the somtimes stubborn situations. But I miss having my personal time to reflect, play music, blog, write, and cook. Summer is one recreational trip after another, I never get any time to settle, think, live a normal day. My life is a constant pursuit of leisure, which is great, but I'm starting to feel kind of useless. I do the best I can to see everyone but its hard to fit it all in. And now, summer is already halfway over and I'm starting to think about returning to my school, not knowing who the principal is, but knowing the people.
Summer still has quite a few adventures left for me. This weekend: Camping and fishing at the Potholes with the BU Crew. Next Weekend: Northwest String Summit with Yoner Mountain String Band, Keller Williams and the Emmit Nershi Band. The Week after that is Hawaii with my Family. The week after that Flowmotion Summer Meltdown and then I leave.
Speaking of leaving I need buy my plane tickets and find a place to stay in Bethel for inservice...anyone?
Till next time, your leisure specialist salutes all you working folks out there.