On this, the shortest day of the year…
…it seemed fitting to take a few minutes to look back on the year that is about to end. And by “look,” I mean literally. My “2014 Photos” folder has something like 3750 images in it….so something must have gone on this year. That or I need to lay down the ol’ camera/phone and give it a bit of a rest.
I’m a gal who loves the changing of the seasons – yes, even winter! It’s something I will gladly welcome back into my life when we live further north again one day. No, San Cristobal’s options of “rainy season” and “not rainy season” don’t really do it for me. While we may not have marked the seasons traditionally this year, we had some different road markers to mark the passing of the time in 2014.
Spring Equinox, March 20th
Having just moved to Mexico around the 10th of March, the Spring Equinox rolled through just as we were getting settled into my father-in-law’s guest cabin, where we’d end up spending nearly 8 months. After several weeks of frantically packing up a life well lived in Denver we crashed through the door of that cabin and flung down our bags with a big sigh of relief. About the time of the equinox I suspect we were well into our 10 day binge of “welcome home” get-togethers with friends and family and making some last minute plans to head north to Oaxaca City to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. I barely let Luis settle into his new routine before I whisked him away to Uruguay for the month of April. In hindsight, perhaps not the best of timing but I was overly enthusiastic about his newly negotiated ability to work from anywhere in the world! As it turns out, he prefers the comfort of a decent chair and work desk over trying to manage his workload through shoddy wifi connections in a hostel courtyard. Point taken. Sort of.
Summer Solstice, June 21st
We were too busy yelling “GOOOOOOOOAL” at the top of our lungs for the latter half of June to even notice that summer had arrived. And by “we” I mean everyone but me. I had to play along though because the World Cup Fever is just not something worth trying to resist. For several weeks we had plenty of gatheringss with family and friends to watch as 32 teams whittled themselves down to one. It gave us a good excuse to stay put for awhile and welcome in the summer by letting our roots grow a little deeper into the San Cristobal soil. I did manage to plan us a little birthday trip up to the great city of Guadalajara and I snuck away for a fun week exploring Mexico City before we traveled to Portland and Denver for a few weeks later on in July.
Fall Equinox, September 23rd
Fall caught me in the midst of fulling a longtime dream to travel India. On September 23rd I was a little over halfway through a 45 day traipse through some of the most fascinating places on earth. Having just completed an unforgettable 22-day tour with 10 new friends, I had just broken off from the pack to explore a bit deeper on my own. On September 23rd I was getting intimate with the Bay of Bengal and spent the day exploring 2 World Heritage Sites in the town of Mahabalipuram. I ended the day by stumbling into the Good Luck Cafe, one of the most memorable places I ate while in India. I didn’t even realize it was a new moon and also a new season until late in the day when I asked why people were suddenly smashing pumpkins at every front door and dying them red. Answer: to welcome the new moon. Obviously.
Winter Solstice, December 21st
Exactly one year ago today I was saying goodbye to my grandmother and family in Colombia, making my way back to Denver, my husband and home, having just concluded a 12 week work assignment in Tarapoto, Peru. 12 months later, another winter solstice is here to welcome change and new beginnings. We’re in a new cabin. I’ve opened up a small business with my sister-in-law. My parents and an aunt from Colombia are coming to spend the holidays with us. We have a bunch of travel plans and ideas mulling around for 2015. And most importantly, we wake each morning with a smile – what more can ya ask for?!?