Enter reverse-culture shock, as alive and well as ever. We are familiar, of course, having previously endured it. But it prevails. Even knowing what it will be like. Even having previous experience with this strange idea. Even feeling prepared. It’s here. The feeling of being in a foreign land even though we are “at home”. Thats right, we are back in the land of flushing toilet paper.
Tales of the end of our time in Mexico and Guatemala will be coming shortly. The radio silence of the last month was partially intentional to surprise family and friends, and partially due to exhaustion from driving the length of Baja and most of the US West coast in less than two weeks. Less than 30 days ago we were happily living our lives in serene Los Barriles.
We now find ourselves shuttling between family and friends. Feeling unsettled and out of our depth. Shocked anew at the traffic, the prices, and the insane number of rules and regulations that exist in this orderly society. We miss Mexico.
And yet, we are moving forward, focused on he positivity of this next big adventure. We will regroup. We will settle back into a routine. We will, once again, readjust to the games occurring on a very different playing field.
The road is not over, and the biggest lesson is that while it is essential to roll with the punches, the real dream is of living a life lived on our terms. Here’s to this next big adventure!