I was there, fellow mom traveler or mom traveler want-to-be. It felt like I’d never get out of the mom rut. Would I ever get to see a beach again? Would I ever get to visit Europe or Japan? Could my husband and I travel with our kids and live to tell the tale?
There are days when I am prolific. The words flow from my brain to my fingertips and onto the paper (or screen). Those are the days when the ideas are rolling out almost fully formed and the descriptive words come easily. Though I write every day, I also have frustrating days, even weeks, of writer’s block.
I have some huge advantages; I don’t depend on my writing for my income. I can allow myself some grace and if I don’t have a post for a week or two, it isn’t the end of my blog. It’s still frustrating to feel like the writing ideas well is dry (and sprinkled with too many cliches). What do I do to combat writer’s block?
I now embrace it.
Technology keeps us closer than ever before. Also, let’s be candid. I doubt I would have considered this move (from the US to Mexico) if we didn’t have the technology we have available today. In the short time we’ve been here, I’ve missed my grandmother’s 100th birthday party, my Aunt and Uncle’s 50th Wedding Anniversary party, and several immediate family gatherings. You know, the usual when you choose to travel long-term or move far from family.
But technology helps!
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This morning, I received a text at 6:39 am. “Are you guys okay??” I didn’t know why my friend was asking, but I answered her immediately all the same.
“We are fine. Why?”
There are probably a zillion travel blogs out there and with all kinds of different focuses. I decided to round up my favorites and share them with you! Each have a different focus than this blog, but as I’ve gleaned so much information (and great stories) from them, they are all worth a look!
Though in the Midwest USA, amusement park season is winding down, autumn is a wonderful time to visit! In August, we finally had the opportunity to visit Parque Bicentenario, located in Queretaro, Mexico. While I knew it was an amusement park, I actually had no idea what to expect. Would it be like our big parks in Ohio, Cedar Point and Kings Island? Would it be fun?
Right away, it starts. Only you don’t realize you’re in the midst of culture shock because it starts with a honeymoon phase. It truly feels like being a newlywed. Everything is fascinating, new, and exciting! You’ve taken the plunge. You’ve moved to a different country from your home country and it is pretty wonderful. Even the annoying things can be overlooked because you are wearing the blinders of true love. Your love is real and you will not be experiencing culture shock, because you’re different, right? You are open-minded or well-traveled or both. You’re the sickening brand new couple in the corner who can’t stop making out, sitting on the other’s lap, and making smoochy eyes at each other.
I know language learning is a challenge and I still expected to be further along by now. Not fluent, no, but not feeling so much like my tongue is a fish flopping out water when I try to speak Spanish.
Are you a seasoned traveler or a novice? Either way, traveling with kids changes how you do things. While a flight delay might be an annoying experience for a solo traveler, it can be downright awful for those with young, hungry, tired, and bored children. Here are some quick tips to make your travel days go smoothly. Or at least as smoothly as possible.
We drove to Guadalajara from our home in Central Mexico. It served as our day 1 stopping point. My husband’s coworker is from there, offered to show us around, and take us to Michin Aquarium (Acuario Michin). It was an offer we were unwilling to refuse! We booked the hotel he recommended, which was in the centro. Finding it took an hour and involved getting stopped by the police…