This was a whirlwind adventure, not as slowly as the tortoise prefers to travel, but with time for reflection and meetups with old friends and discovering new places and faces.
Future Plans – Yes, I want to make a return trip to Mexico in 2020. This is quick in-and-out visit to help a friend move. Purposeful. Mindful. And fun. With more time, I would like to return to Mexico City and Oaxaca de Juárez, perhaps getting a group together to visit artisans, palenqueros, and good friends.
Mexico Customs (Nuevo Laredo)
Time with Jim Coupal and Melissa Biggs
Time with Blanca Robleda and Tom Buckley
Time with Marlene Ehrenberg
ETN Bus Trip
Least Favorite Bits
Friday afternoon – evening 3 hour taxi ride from Central Terminal Norte to Colonia Moderna
Mexico City: VivaAerobus Ticket Counter (domestic and international were not labelled)
New slideshow / album of the Mexico visit … it’s not just POI (places of interest, although there are some, plaques too!) but POI (people of interest) – the friends and strangers we meet along the way
- What are the places and who are the people to see along the way? Even if we cannot make certain sidetrips on this trip, we can still update the relevant pages with suggestions.
- What are the most useful apps (weather, music, audio books)?
A month from today I plan to be in Guadalajarahttps://t.co/9mcfYkzouL
This will be one of the rare road trips for me. I only have a few days in Guadalajara followed by Mexico City and then back to Vegas. It will be great to see friends. Comment or direct message pleasel pic.twitter.com/bdOlYymeEg
— Ron Mader (@ronmader) October 11, 2019
On the road in Mexico
Crossing the Border
I once met a foreign woman in Oaxaca City who bragged that she had traveled to Tlacolula de Matamoros for the local bread, and I thought that it was a logical reason enough to make a journey. For those with an appetite, travel for experiences with local food makes perfect sense.. I understood – local bread is special, and when you develop a taste for something special, it makes sense to make a culinary pilgrimage. I am a fan of most things made from wheat and corn and appreciate the diversity. Coming up on my roadtrip to Guadalajara – the opportunity to try the birotes (and later compare them to the bolillos in Mexico City).
El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz
Driving in Mexico? We had no problems (other than needing extra bottles of fluido para la dirección) on the crossing from Nuevo Laredo to downtown Guadalajara.
Prepare to be surprised y vaya con Dios.
Unfortunately, I did not have time to visit Oaxaca. It’s been six years since I left in November 2013. Thanks to Facebook and Twitter, it’s been easy to stay in contact with some friends, but it’s not the same as connecting face-to-face.