Some of you expressed a desire to see my new haircut when I wrote about it in July. I said I got it cut shorter because it was too hot on my neck and I didn't like having to wear it up because it made me look like a granny. I didn't mention then that part of the reason was because I was going to Mexico in August and knew it would be hot and humid there. NOW I know why women south of the border usually have long hair and no bangs--so they can pull it totally off their forehead and neck and restrain it in a neat bun! This is what MY hair looked like in Mexico. . . .
Once I was home and looking at my photos I realize NOW just how great a week I had. At the time I was overly consumed with how I looked with my hair all askew and how I felt because humidity seems to increase my inability to cope with the heat. Now that I'm home with my tamed hair and air conditioning, I'm enjoying my week there much more. NOW I'm wishing I'd made the effort to go back out and see more museums or browse more shops, or had taken the photo I'm now wishing I had to tell the story of our vacation better.
This whole episode raises the question for this month's conversation topic that Ken asked me the other day: What was it about this vacation that made it so great so we can duplicate it? This is my answer (not in any particular order)....
- One of us could speak enough of the language to help us get by.
- A car was not necessary to get around. We could walk to everything we wanted to see from our hotel or take one of the many inexpensive cabs to it.
- We loved our hotel, and its location in the center of things meant we could return easily to take a nap and cool down.
- The people were extremely friendly and helpful--we never felt threatened even after dark.
- There was a lot of local history (ancient, in fact) that made the museums relevant and interesting.
- The architecture was beautiful and the city well-kept (except for the holes in the sidewalks!).
- Going out of the city to tour the ruins was easy to do with the many tours available (or in our case, we had family to take us one day and on another there were enough people to split the cost of an all-day cab to make it reasonable).
- Because the food was inexpensive I felt free to stop for refreshment in the many cafes as much as I wanted.
From now on I will keep my answers in mind as I plan our next vacation. I know I may not be able to meet all of them in one place, but I will prioritize them to make sure I at least know the top 3 most important to me to ensure a successful vacation.
For Ken he said he liked feeling like a fish-out-of-water and would like more of that and less familiarity in the places we visit. What about you? What do you need more or less of to make a great vacation?
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