Happy New Year to all my friends and faithful followers. As I’ve said many times: you make my travel rich and, always, you are the reason for this blog.
Every time I think about quitting. Every time I’m tempted to just let my little opus slip quietly into the maw of the digital beast, I get a friendly pat on the back from someone I didn’t even know read this thing–or cared.
Not long ago, for example, I got an email from Art, who lives in a solar-powered home in Ontario. “You haven’t posted in a while,” he wrote. “Are you okay?”
I mean, honestly, how could I even consider a silent bloggie death when folks like Art (and Joe, Marcia, Fred, Maria, Joanne, Dee, Laura, Noel, Cheryl and Jim, and many others) actually read what I lay down.
You make me humble and give me eyes and motivation to document my experience.
So, in typical year-end fashion, I’m peering back a little at the year that was and foward to the one that may come. (Best laid plans, and all that.)
All this year, I’ve (slowly) been telling tales of the five months I spent in Mexico. Granted, I haven’t been all that diligent with the posts, so it’s taken a while, and I still have a lot of stones left unturned. (Mexico City, Oaxaca state and city, Chiapas, Palenque, Merida, and Chichen Itza, to be more exact.) I’d be very happy and relieved to skip all those places and catch up with my life in real time–except that such cool stuff happened. And some of those places are so amazing, that I just can’t skip them. So you’ll have to bear with me for a few more weeks. We’re going to finish Mexico.
But for this real-time break in the forward arrow of time, I want to catch you up on my plans for the year ahead. God willing.
On January 13, I fly to Cartagena, Colombia, and I’ll spend the next 4 months traveling through Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. This includes an 8-day cruise in the Galapagos and an excursion into the Ecuadorian Amazon. I hope to trek to Machu Picchu, if I can manage the altitude, and see a lot of stuff that is far off the Gringo Trail.
I only have a general itinerary in mind, and truth be told, I’m in a mild state of anxiety? panic? as I think about leaving in–eeek!–just over a week. At least my equipment is nicely broken in after my time in Mexico. (Overall, I was very happy with how well my gear held up. I’ll give you a full report in a future post.) And I haven’t completely lost my Spanish (although it’s become very rusty).
Then, in the autumn, I’ll do a 2-3 week trip to Israel with my BFF, who is Jewish. I am pleased beyond words to share this ancient crossroads and cradle of humanity with someone who belongs to the place in a special way.
So that’s the future. For the present, me leave you with some of the human beauty I encountered (and was lucky enough to photograph) in Mexico.