Sunday, 27 May 2012

Mexico Wrap-up

To say we loved our trip would be an understatement…..

There were so many things, so many stories to share it is hard to know where to begin. Our drive was amazing. One question we have been asked, over and over, is “Did we feel safe”. Our answer was an enthusiastic and definite “YES”. Never one time did we feel unsafe or unwelcome anywhere we went. The people were always welcoming, always willing to share, always patient with our lack of Spanish and very humble in what they thought was their lack of English (which was often much better than our Spanish!) To be honest, we did travel a bit cautiously. We did not drive at night but not because of any “bandidos” but because of animals on roads, just the animals…..

Many lessons were learned:
-Don’t use soap to wash lettuce.
-You can’t save every dog you see.
-Never underestimate the power of smiling, even if you don’t understand what someone is saying to you.
-The military checkpoints are set-up to help keep YOU safe.
-ALWAYS bring toilet paper WITH you to a new bathroom situation.
-Tequila can actually cure ALMOST anything.

-It is possible to love a donkey!
-Fruit check-points will ALWAYS take away your apples (even if they are from Washington state!)
-While riding on a quad, hang on with BOTH hands.

-It's okay to text message while riding a horse.
-Make-up is NOT required...
-Shorts and flip flops are.

-Children never care if you pronounce something wrong.

-Highway speed signs are more or less just guidelines.
-It is possible to wash an entire week’s worth of clothes, by hand, and live to tell the story!
-Always smile at beach vendors, even if you don’t buy anything. They are trying to make a living and will probably NEVER go anywhere for a vacation.

-Four people on a motorbike is allowed. 
-Driving in our van when it is 38 degrees C (106 F) is hot, even with BOTH windows down!
-Missing your family NEVER goes away.
But the number one lesson we learned is this: Possibly the GREATEST meal you will eat will include the owners kids sitting at your table with you (and maybe even their cat and/or dog) It may not be the best meal you ate, but what you take away from the experience will make it the GREATEST meal, ever…
We are going back for more great memories and we hope you can go there some day too to make your own memories!!

So, from us to you all, here's our hearts.Thanks for following us on our trip. We were ALWAYS glad for the company you all provided us. We hope you will continue to follow the blog. We are FAR from over this adventure of retirement!!


  1. Lol...great wrap up! We look forward to your next adventure!

    1. Thanks guys - meeting you was one of our highlights!

  2. Now THAT'S some very valuable information and a great summary of a trip we hope to enjoy one day, too. We really enjoyed yours and can't wait for the next one. Glad to see you made it back to Canada safe and sound.

    1. Thanks Grace - was great to have you "on-board". Keep on checking the blog. We will continue to update!!

  3. Glad you had such a wonderful time in Mexico. It takes special people to appreciate all Mexico has to offer and you guys are truly special. We loved meeting you and look forward to getting to know you even better. Have a wonderful summer.

    1. Thanks Barb & Sal - Coming to Hacienda Contreras was like "coming home"! We look forward to seeing you all on the next trip - but for longer!!

  4. Nancy and Doug
    Your wrap up brought me to tears. You could not have said it better.........your blog has been the highlight of our days, we look forward to next years adventure, maybe we will come along.......
    Danna and Bob