WE WERE NEVER MEANT TO SURVIVE

Today I wanted to share with you a poem which helped me face my fears, including traveling solo, during a time I almost felt like giving up on this precious dream. Although I really wanted to travel, I was afraid of traveling alone, the unknown, the risks I might be taking, the outcome, the repercussions on my personal/professional life, etc.

COUCHSURFING TO THE RESCUE!

Great friends I met through CS

Ever since a buddy of mine introduced me to couchsurfing I became a huge fan. It literally opened the doors to strangers homes, who hosted me FREE during my travels in Mexico & in Central America, showed me around their towns and even became my friends.  This amazing social network helped to make a reality my lifetime dream of traveling and changed my life!

Since I was having a hard time adjusting back to regular life in California and thinking of all the great people I met through this network, I decided to look up local couchsurfers

COUCHSURFING AL RESCATE!


Con buenos amig@s
Desde que un amigo me dijo de couchsurfing me volví una fan. Literalmente me abrió las puertas de casas de extraños que me hospedaron GRATIS en México/Centro América.  Me llevaron a conocer sus ciudades y hasta se hicieron mis amigos. Esta maravillosa red social me ayudo hacer realidad mi sueño de viajar y me cambio la vida!

Como se me hizo un poco difícil ajustarme aestar de vuelta en California, al recordar todas las personas buena onda que conocí por este medio me anime a buscar couchsurfers en mi ciudad. En cuanto fui a el primer evento local,

HOW I BECAME A CHEESE SMUGGLER


Quesooo

Most of my really close friends know I’m lactose intolerant, which means I cannot eat any kind of freaking cheese at all!!

I became lactose intolerant years back when I decided to give up antibiotics and nasty growth hormones pumped into cows, which then end up in our bodies when we drink that nasty white liquid called milk. Yuuuck!! Some experts even say we are NOT supposed to drink milk past our breast feeding days!! Please google it, youtube it or Wikipedia it, if you want to learn more. I even included some links for you to get started.

Ok let’s get back to my cheese please. ;))

CONTRABANDISTA DE QUESOS

Quesoooo

La mayoría de mis amig@s cercanos saben que no puedo comer productos lácteos, incluyendo claro ningún tipo de queso.

Mi cuerpo se convirtió intolerante a la lactosa hace muchos años cuando decidí dejar de ingerir antibióticos y hormonas de crecimiento que terminan en nuestro sistema al tomar ese liquido blanco y asqueroso llamado leche. Fuchi!! Algunos expertos dicen que NO debemos tomar leche después de que nuestras madres nos dejan de amamantar. Por favor busquen en google, youtube y wikipedia para aprender más al respecto, aquí les incluí algunos links para empezar.

Ok de regreso al queso. ;))

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO??

Undecided in Guatemala
I did it! I traveled in Mexico & Central America for a year!!!! ALONE =))) Had soo many travel adventures that I still wanna share with you all, but all in due time. First, I want to write about my coming “home” after traveling for such a long time.

My return home began weeks before I was physically back.

ME QUEDO O ME VOY???

Indecisa en Guatemala
Lo logre!! Viaje por México y Centro América todo un año!!! SOLA =))) Tuve tantas aventuras que aun quiero compartir con ustedes, todo a su tiempo. Primero, quiero escribir a cerca de mi regreso a “casa” después de viajar por tanto tiempo.

Mi regreso a casa empezó unas semanas antes de regresar físicamente.

IT'S HARD TO TRAVEL WITH A BROKEN HEART

Heart on wall in Oaxaca
Before anything else, I want to share with you the hardest part of my trip this past year. You might have guessed it, getting over a break up while traveling. When I moved out of my ex’s apartment last year after breaking up, I knew I was doing the right thing. I packed what I had and put some of it in storage & the rest in my mom’s garage. It was hard, but it was the only thing I could do after everything we had gone through in the few months leading up to this point.

The Beginning

My ex and I met in high school

ES DIFICIL VIAJAR CON EL CORAZON ROTO

Corazon en pared de Oaxaca
Antes que nada, quiero compartir con ustedes la parte mas dificil de mi viaje. Tal vez le atinaron, fue recuperarme del rompimiento con mi novio mientras viajaba. Cuando me sali de nuestro apartamento, después de nuestro rompimiento, sabia que estaba haciendo lo correcto. Empaque las pocas cosas que tenia y lleve algunas cosas a un almacen y lo demás al garaje de mi mama. Fue difícil, pero era lo único que podía hacer después de todo lo que había pasado en los meses antes de que terminara nuestra relación.

 El principio

Mi ex y yo nos conocimos en la prepa

OSAMA IS DEAD, FEAR IS NOT

"I Have a Right to a Life Without Violence"
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
Right after President Obama informed the world of Osama bin Laden’s death with the words, “his death does not mark the end of our effort...We must & we will – remain vigilant at home and abroad,” the U.S. State Department issued an alert to its citizens to take precautions and report to U.S. embassies, if currently abroad.

One of the reasons I held back from traveling in Mexico and Central America for so many years, other than money was FEAR. Every time I turned on the news, Mexico and Central America was depicted as one big scary place, where respect was non-existent and people killed each other at a glance, like in those films in the Wild West.

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