Sorry about my scarcity over the past few weeks, but I have been on vacation in Boca de Tomatlan in Mexico. Man, we had an amazing time. It was just so awesome to get away from the cold Californian winter and head somewhere warm. Yes yes all you northerners, I know California is a tropical paradise compared to your icy hellholes, but I'm from Africa and we aren't designed to withstand any temperatures under 50 degrees. So Mexico was just what the doctor ordered.
So basically all we did for 2 weeks was catch the bus into town, meander through the local market, catch fishing boats up and down the coast and drink tequila. Did you notice how I just dropped the last activity neatly on the end of the sentence like it was an afterthought? Like it wasn't the main focus... hmm me thinks I used a bit of poetic license there!
You see my mom came along for the vacation too - not usually the recipe for party central. But since we had a baby things have changed. And having my mom around meant that Uwe and I could go out after 6pm (what a novel concept) and spend a day together... alone! So all in all it resulted in a great deal of irresponsible behavior on our part (give us a break, we'd been on 24/7 baby duty for 9 months)!
So here is what I learned about Mexico:
- Snorkeling while under the influence of raicilla is truly amazing. As long as you just look. If the fish swim into you or you accidently touch one, the opening scene of Jaws comes to mind. I get an involuntary shudder just thinking about it!
- You get free shots of tequila or raicilla for buying stuff - the more we shopped, the more we drank. I LOVE this retail marketing strategy, now if only Trader Joes would see the light!
- Mexican people love kids, and I mean truly love them. Complete strangers played with Micah on the beach, lent him toys and he was hugged more times a day than even I thought possible.
- Crossing a knee deep river after a day of shopping can be treacherous (refer to point 2 above). However, if you follow the african tradition of carrying your shopping on your head it works brilliantly - no matter how many times you fall down, your nachos stay warm and toasty!
- Local busses are an adrenaline-pumping, endorphin-rising blast! For less than 10c you get to feel 10 years old again. Take that Caltrans!
- And last but not least... its incredibly beautiful. Clean unspoiled beaches, super friendly people, a smile around every corner!
So in summary we had an amazing time. I feel decades younger and I have a tan. What better way to feel after a holiday?
Oh, and while I was away I decided to start up my own skin care line. How exciting is that? Whew, 2010 is going to be a wild ride...