Ten months ago I wrote out a list of things I wanted to do while I was living in Mexico. As I’m only days away from leaving (though have no doubt in my mind that I’ll return), I thought I’d look back on my list and check off everything I managed to accomplish during my time here.
See a football game. This didn’t happen probably due to scheduling, cost and a lack of football fans among my friends, but never fear. I’m sure this’ll be top of my list when it comes to my return.
Visit Teotihuacán. I did this. Twice! The pyramids kicked my arse every time I climbed them, showing my complete lack of fitness since I landed in this country.
See some Mexican Wrestling. Thanks to my beautiful friend, Michelle, snagging herself a luchador boyfriend, we got to go to one of his matches back in February (and see him get pummeled).
Visit Guadalajara. I debated visiting this city during my six weeks of freedom but being constantly worried about money for New York put a stop to my plans. This is number one on my list of cities to visit when I return to Mexico though.
Return to San Cristóbal de las Casas. I would have loved to return to the city I fell in love with in 2011 and revisit my beautiful friend, Rachael, but – similar to Guadalajara – I couldn’t afford the flight or the bus down as I neared the end of my time here. I feel a connection to SCDLC that I’ve never felt with any other city, though, and I know in my heart I’ll be back one day.
Visit Acapulco. My friend, Rachel, and I debated going here for Christmas but after being dissuaded by a lot of Chilangos who said it was hideously busy around the holiday season, we decided to give it a miss. Again, it’s another place I’d like to visit one day. Maybe when I return to Mexico, Acapulco will be my next beach break.
Visit Pachuca. Clearly I didn’t get the chance to explore outside the city during the last half of my time here. Pachuca still holds my curiosity thanks to the history lessons people give me about the city being the only place British settlers went to.
Visit Puerto Vallarta. PV brought a much-needed break from city life and a fabulous Christmas and NY celebration with one of my best friends.
Visit Diego Luna’s bar. Done and done. Not only did I visit his bar but I got royally eye-fucked by the man in question just a few months earlier. I think I’ve left my territory on his heart sufficiently. Adiós, Diego!
Be able to hold a conversation in Spanish. While I’m hardly an expert and still essentially suck at the language, I surprised myself in December by throwing myself into the role of main interpreter while my friend, Rachel, was here visiting. In Puerto Vallarta, I was the star Spanish speaker at our hostel and even manage to hold actual conversations with the locals. I’m giving myself a gold star for this.
Visit Chapultepec Fair/Six Flags. My trip to Six Flags taught me that while teenage me would go on any scary ride she laid her eyes on, adult me is a complete chicken shit.
See Café Tacuba live. I didn’t achieve this not through lack of trying. The band were constantly on tour for the whole time I was here – Unfortunately 99% of it happened outside of D.F.
Visit the Modern Art Museum. Proving to the world that I’m a complete ignorant, I finally made my way to the museum, only to kind of grumble and yawn at half of it.
Visit Diego Rivera’s Anahuacalli Museum. I planned to do this during my last six weeks but, unfortunately, life got in the way. I’m still a bigger Diego fan than Frida fan so this’ll be something to look forward to when I return.
Visit San Miguel de Allende. Thanks to my gorgeous friends, Elinor and Eduardo, I got to tag along to this gorgeous town for the weekend.
Visit Baja California. I can see this being a separate trip in itself. One day.
Show my parents my favourite places. My parents planned to come and visit me at some point but when I announced I’d be returning to the UK this year, they put their travel plans on hold. I’m sure if I move back here one day, they’ll be happy to come and take a peek. In the meantime, I’m going to continue to be jealous of all the places in the world they do visit.
Visit Veracruz. Should we just assume that when I return to Mexico I’ll see all the new places then?
Volunteer in a migrant shelter. When I return, I don’t plan on going back to work until I’ve done a bit of travelling around the country and volunteered at a migrant shelter. It’s an issue I’m still extremely passionate about and one I hope to get back to.
Take proper Salsa lessons. When I arrived in D.F., I’d developed a fear of Salsa dancing thanks to the locals in San Cristóbal laughing at my ridiculous attempt to keep up with them. Thanks to my wonderful friend, Eduardo, I’m crossing this item off my list. He not only helped me get over my fear but taught me some of the most basic steps that stuck with me and was able to add a few extra moves each time we went out dancing. I’m no expert but, shit, I can salsa now!
Treat myself to a relaxing weekend getaway. I’m ticking this off my list because my two weeks in Puerto Vallarta was nothing but relaxation and sun – something I’ve always wanted to do!
I’d say out of 10 out of 21 isn’t bad considering most of them are travel-related and I’ve had a full-time job the majority of the time I’ve been here. Anyway, it also gives me an excuse to come back and complete it one day.