Off We Go… Yes, Again!

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I’m not okay but I working on getting back on my feet.

Traveling is my medicine. Eh, it’s been than drugs, right?

So off we go… again! We’ve barely unpacked from the French Christmas and we are back to packing—lighter this time because hopefully, we won’t need sweaters.

Mexico, here we come!

We are heading south until the end of January. Our first real backpacking trip with Mark. This should be… interesting.

Initially, we were supposed to leave this Monday but we changed the tickets (and our return date accordingly) to make sure Feng’s eye was okay. He’s been cleared by the ophthalmologists at the Eye Institute and I cut Mark’s nails, so we should be fine. Changing our departure date was probably a blessing anyway considering the weather the past few days—we might have been stuck or delayed in Toronto.

I am rummaging through the closet to remember what I wore last summer when it was hot, trying my shorts on to see if they still fit, putting a note to bring my swimsuit. I’m checking our itinerary against the Lonely Planet’s advice even though we don’t really have a plan, a usual. This time, I have to pack carefully. Backpacking calls for self-reliance whereas when we go to France, I can always use my family’s endless supply of beauty products (and yes, toilet paper!).

I can’t wait to escape. “Cry me a river!” you are probably thinking, “you’ve just taken holidays in France!

Yeah, well… We need real holidays. We need real traveling.

Feng and I met in China in 1999, far away from our respective “homes”. We explored the world together. Mark was “made in Mexico” (or Honduras… can’t tell!). I had sworn I wouldn’t quit traveling after having kids and while it’s not easy, we are trying to show him the world.

I hope I can still speak Spanish. I hope Mark loves tortillas as much as he loves bread in France.

Follow our adventures… Estación México!


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  1. Oh, I admire your courage and restless soul – in the best meaning of this word! Have a great trip guys with your little backpacker. 🙂 So far I had a courage only for one trip with mine – back to Latvia for summer.

  2. Ah, you’re traveling again, and this time, with the child! I hope this trip will do you good; I have a feeling you suffer from itchy feet as I do, and having a child put a temporary stop to that. You need your positive vibes, so travel as much as you can, even with a baby in tow!

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