Sometimes, I find myself looking forward to all the things I’ll do when I finish this year – truth be told, I do look forward to going home, back to Cardiff, having my own house again and making a start on my own future (thinking about internships at the moment!) I sometimes think of that life as my actual life, and this year is a year out from that life, and sometimes I think I could really use that year (if that makes sense!) Anyway, when I find myself thinking negatively about being away from home, I try to remind myself that I’m getting way ahead of myself, and to use the time I have here to, yes, prepare myself for life afterwards, and that the best preparation I can do is to make the most of everything Mexico has to offer. To focus on living here – the time will pass either way, and I have my whole life to do the things I’m missing.
When I need to stay positive, I remind myself how I felt looking out of the window of the coach on the way to Morelia – just driving through wilderness and thinking about how lucky I am, thinking, ‘I can’t believe I get to live here!’ and that gets me thinking, there are so many things I want to do here and I only have a year to do them.
So, I thought I’d put together a bit of a bucket list of the places I want to visit/things I want to do before the year is up.
1) Go to Corona Capital in Mexico City and see Conor Oberst.
This is first on the list because this is the plan for my 21st birthday – I was thinking about not going but I’d regret it so much if I didn’t! Living in the moment, and all!
2) Go to Puerto Vallarta
Another concrete plan for October – my boyfriend surprised me by announcing he’s visiting for two weeks (yipee!), so we’ve arranged a few days at the beach, including horse-riding up to some waterfalls, swimming in lakes and working with a conservation project to release baby sea turtles into the ocean.
3) Temazcal at Tepoztlan
Tepoztlan is otherwise known as “the mystic valley” – I’d go for the name if nothing else! It’s a tiny town but very beautiful, surrounded by nature and home to many rumoured UFO sightings. A Temazcal is a Mesoamerican sweat lodge, a bit like a sauna but with the addition of body-and-soul-cleansing, purifying herbs. Here is my place for a spiritual break.
4) UFO-Spot at Popoctapetl
Whilst we’re on the subject of UFOs, another hotspot is Popocatepetl, the (still active) volcano. It’s also surrounded by indigenous villages and neighboured by Itzaccihuatl.
5) Celebrate the Day of the Dead
Probably Mexico’s most internationally famous festival is El Dia de los Muertos, celebrated on the 2nd of November – it will need a post of it’s own which I can’t wait to write!
6) Go to the Hot Air Balloon Festival
7) Dive in Cozumel
8) Visit Archaeological Sites: Chichen Itza, Palenque, Teotihuacan, Uxmal…
9) Be a tourist in Cancun and Playa del Carmen
10) Lie on the beach for days in Tulum