An unfortunate turn of events...

Trip Start Nov 08, 2007
Trip End Jan 03, 2008

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Wow, it's been a while since I've posted here.  I've been meaning to add a final entry for a while but I just hadn't gotten around to it.  I've been getting emails and voice mails from people wondering where we are, and I guess I owe it to everyone who's been reading to wrap things up and give an explanation of how things turned out.  So here goes...

A couple days before New Year's we took the ferry back over to Isla Mujeres to find a hotel for us and our friends Darran and Kristie (who were flying in that same day).  There wasn't a whole lot in the way of cheap accomodation, however we finally found a place that was really cheap (in more ways than one) and right in the downtown area.  Shortly before Darran and Kristie actually arrived on the island Becky and I got some bad news about a relative who was in the hospital.  I'm not sure if I mentioned it, but there were a couple deaths in the family while we were home for Christmas, and this sort of "topped it off", so to speak.  We decided that we would go back to Baltimore in a couple days and most likely not return to Mexico given the situation (and the fact that you can't keep flying back and forth between Baltimore and Mexico and expect to have tons of money for travel).

So we spent a few days in Isla Mujeres with Darran and Kristie, including New Year's eve.  Afterwards we returned home, which is where I am now.  Unfortunately the rest of Central America will have to wait.

In summary, although our 3 month long trip was whittled down to about a month an a half, it was a blast.  I had never really been to Mexico, and I've gotta be honest, I was amazed.  We went from beaches to mountains (where we were snowed on) to ruins to spanish colonial towns to jungles to hug cities and everything in between.  Mexican folks are EXTREMELY nice (and patient with my spanish) and we met a lot of very cool in our travels: Matt from Australia and the other guys we met in Cabo (I don't know that they know about this blog), Joerg from Germany (my Mezcal drinking buddy), Celine from France (whose english is better than my spanish and french combined), Emily and Lilly from Oregon (whose strange night with Ernesto in Zacatecas might be the best story we heard on our trip...), Alfonso and his family (GO PUMAS!!!), Mariusz and Luiza from Poland (who we were supposed to try to meet up with in Guatemala), Maiam in Cancun (tran-QUIIII-lo...), and many others.

Mexico was wonderful, and I'm grateful for having had the opportunity to explore it, even if only for a month...
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