Aaaaannnnd we are back to the Arctic Tundra. Well, I should be fair, it really isn’t Arctic anymore, but it is still leaving much to be desired. At least it is above freezing, for now… though it is supposed to snow today! Best part about being home? Being reunited with this goof ball.
Imma do a little outline-ish recap for you of our adventures, but I will try to space out the memorializing throughout the week in order to give me warm fuzzies in addition to the thick socks I am having to put my feet back into.
Wednesday started off bright and early, and though we almost missed our connection and I left my favorite hat on the plane, we reached our destination with plenty of sunlight and warmth to spare. Alex and I were both famished, so we headed over to Palmilla for a long, delicious, and oh-so-fresh lunch followed by a nice long walk on the beach while my dad had a Skype Spanish lesson.
Marvelous is further cementing my love for jicama. And Coke Light 😀
Marvelous is feeling the sun on your legs, the soft breeze in your hair, and anticipation of needing to do…nothing. Cervezas (beers) on the porch (I just sipped on Alex’s) as the evening cooled into night, and a very early bedtime.
Marvelous is a night of solid, blissful sleep and waking minutes before sunrise, of which you have a direct and perfect view and a cloudless sky. No pictures of it, because I was too busy just enjoying that moment in its breadth. The air instantly begins to warm as the sun crests, and soon the cool night air transitions to nearly hot. Marvelous is getting back to reading a book while sipping coffee and waiting for the others. Then going to the gym and getting a good, sweaty spin session in, enjoying a rain shower (the gym’s showers, not the weather), going to the infamous MegaMart for groceries,
returning back to the apartment for a light lunch,
and then going on an adventure to visit my families 2 lots (neither are built on–they are more for investment). Even more marvelous is a picture-perfect day for a good, long beach walk, fulfilling my ritual of finding shells to bring home, and getting SPOILED by upwards of 15 individual whale sightings. I didn’t even try to take pictures of the whales–it goes by so quickly, and without a telephoto lens, it just is basically pointless. But they were frolicking, my friends, and it makes me happy every. single. time.
Marvelous is the epic fail of not bringing a bottle opener for the beer. I had a Sprite, though, so I was properly prepared. Ah, well, sooner to Zacatidos for food!!
Marvelous are some of the best margaritas you can sip, ah-maz-ing salsas, pico, and guacamole, and fresh fresh shrimp, enjoyed seemingly without end in a no-pressure, no-rules, free-from-care atmosphere where everyone is getting along and laughing and, yes, most of us are quite buzzed. And then getting to watch a Paul McCartney Wings concert on the bar TV’s as more and more people begin to gather.
Not exactly as planned. Following a not great night of sleep (solid until 2:30, then no dice), I enjoyed another marvelous sunrise, the oatmeal I had brought with me from home, some coffee, and waited for the others.
And I finally shared 2 of my favorite #strangebutgood recipes!
NOT MARVELOUS the fact that Alex had to go see a dentist because one of his wisdom teeth (that he has yet to get removed) is impacted and swollen. He’s fine, but is going to have to get it out ASAP, and he is basically out of days off until our next vacation week (in May, also our anniversary). Not marv is the fact that he and Dad had to postpone their golf plans, and Mom and I had to put off some things as well, but at least he should be fine until we get back. Marvelous is a good back workout followed by another light lunch a la Thursday. And devouring an entire jicama, then lounging and catching rays while reading magazines.
Truly, truly marvelous is a new-to-me-restaurant (I had been to all of the ones we had gone to thus far) called La Marea. I wish I could take this place home with me.
Dad had another lesson, so Alex and I went to the beach. After a short but marvelous stroll, we arranged ourselves on some chaises and just chatted for a a while. Marvelous is playing Cards Against Humanity (I brought an expansion in my suitcase) with Alex and then again with my parents. GOOD TIMES.
A marvelous guest post from PickyRunner Sarah! And if you missed it, just as marvelous was Tuesday’s guest post from ChasingChels Caitlin! So thankful to have amazing girls as friends. Thank you, ladies!
Another Marvelous sunrise, another start to an absolutely gorgeous day filled with warmth and sunshine. After everyone else got up, we went by one of my favorite little spots, Villa Valentina, to show Alex. This place is a garden-restaurant-art school-gallery-antiques store-design studio-landscape conceit, and it is one of the most eclectic, interesting, and surprisingly beautiful places. I didn’t take my camera into VV with me, but feel free to check them out here.
Then it was off to the organic market.
I can tell you right now, that if Alex and I lived anywhere near here, that market would be part of our Saturday ritual. I so miss the organic markets that were such a part of my life in NYC and Cville–in Chicago they are not as convenient for me.
We got a loaf of the most MARVELOUS jalapeno-feta bread, baked fresh and just the most amazing texture and taste. We wandered around for a bit, then Dad dropped us off at the gym for a quick workout.
I made Alex a pretty epic burger, IMO, for lunch with some ground beef he had gotten when we arrived and the bread, and then he and Dad went off golfing! Mom and I spent a marvelous afternoon of just talking as we sunned. And then, marvelously, we ended up back at La Marea for some drinks and smoked tuna. NOMNOMNOMNOM.
When the boys arrived back from their golf adventure (they had a marvelous time), we went to an Italian Ristorante (I know, I was a little apprehensive as well), that had hilarious service (granted, they were trying very hard) but marvelous food and a marvelous setting.
I had a not-marvelous night of sleep, but watching the sunrise cures most ills, does it not? I went and did a quick workout, as in, I went and moved around for a bit. My legs felt unattached and tight, and I just wasn’t mentally there. But I got some movement in, and that’s what really matters. And it was the most beautiful day out.
Not marvelous was saying bye to my mom and dad. I really had an amazing time with both of them, in a way that can only happen in a place where you are totally relaxed, at peace, and present. I miss my mom so much up here in Chicago, and she seems so far away from me.
A final marvelous travel moment: exit row seats 😀
AND CRISPY M&MS IN THE DUTY FREE STOREEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Most marvelous of all? Getting away. Feeling the sun on my face, on my legs. The sand between my toes. Eating the freshest of foods, sipping margaritas, having little responsibility. But above all, an amazing time with my family. I don’t get to see or talk to them as much as I wish or should, and so this was just the most special time to enjoy their company. Sure, it was fabulous to get spoiled a bit by them, but I would happily have just given all of that up just to have those carefree moments.
Sure, I had a pretty epic week-weekend, but I bet you did, too! What was most marvelous of all? What moment stuck out to you the most?