Stardate: 20150914 … or is it? Thank you, global warming. First in July and now September — rain in Cambria? What a delightful little tease. The air is cooler, and the moisture is being gulped by every surface it touches, porous or not! Just in time for me to fly to the steamy hot climes of Vera Cruz, Mexico, for a Quinceañera!
Being the first time abroad (other than just over the border into Canada which is not really a foreign country, right?), it’s rather exciting. And not. I am pretty darned content to go anywhere. … I can drive to. Not fear, just travel sickness. I’m a beast at home, but moving vehicles take their toll. I’m also not my best in high heat.
And of course, it’s Mexico. “Oh, the water in the hotel will be fine. Just drink cerveza when we’re not there,” jokes my sister, whom I’m accompanying and who arranged all this at the spur of the moment. It’s her son-in-law’s niece’s big event, and we were all invited to come. How could I refuse the opportunity?
Water. … Hmmm, with my string of luck lately, I’d better take some precautions. Speaking of planning, so, what can you take and not? I got my first ever passport. Check. I have a properly sized carry-on suitcase lined up. Check. Uh, where from there? Thank goodness I hang out with worldly travelers.
I didn’t know I could take an empty water bottle on through security and fill it later! I think I’ll stop and get one of those Lifestraws to bring along, too. Portable filtration, excellent removal rate of pathogens and with every purchase they donate to provide clean water in Africa. Affordable. Good idea, to me.
I don’t know what Internet will be like. Well, it doesn’t matter as I’m there to experience Mexico! Duh. Camera, phone (for quick phone pics) will be the extent of my technology. Ugh, battery chargers. I hope to get too caught up in the moments to wear them down, but, I am a documentarian by nature, so that could take some work.
A bathing suit. I believe I lived in Cambria three years before feeling like I needed one, back in the days at the Cove when it was a little less crowded. So, now I’m civilized. I guess. Check. Easy, breezy dresses provide the best ventilation. One fancy dress for the big day — I’ve changed my mind and am bringing a vintage Mexican dancing dress my aunt brought back from Mexico City in 1941. Seems like a going home of sorts for it. Just have to figure out how to pack it without too much wrinkling. I will not be doing any ironing!
Shoes. Well, still can’t quite fit a tennis shoe on yet and won’t be doing any 10-mile hikes or anything, anyway, so sandals it is. Check. Speaking of my leg, I have all my Traumeel tablets, Tumeric-Pepper-Bromelain tablets, Comfrey-Arnica, etc. all in acceptable containers, and the refillable ice pack the emergency room gave me. (All this said, I have so much more empathy than I already did for folks who have to deal with these issues on a daily basis! I am so lucky.)
And lucky I am in all manner — a trip with my family to a foreign land for the first time, good price, interesting agenda. Now, if only the wacky weather would send a cold front down that way to cool it off.