Mom and I planned a trip back to the states during August to hedge our bets on good weather; it worked! August weather in the Pacific Northwest is usually pretty good, although not always good enough to guarantee an outside wedding. Just plan to have a tent or some other cover, just in case.
The weather was spectacular although most folks in the NW were complaining about how hot it was. Really? Hot? Felt just perfect to me! Thanks to everyone who hosted us and fed us and put up with our constant shopping and eating. It was great fun.
One thing that I will do differently next time is NOT plan the trip out of Mexico at the same time as my residency renewal. I waited exactly one month before my “green card” was due to expire and headed off to GDL to apply. What I did not realize is that they take the old card away while the new application is being processed. What that meant is if I left the country without a card, I might have to start the whole procedure all over again and see my year of residency go down the drain. Ana and I put on our most charming attitudes and the wonderful folks at the Immigration service pulled through; a fast application, approval AND new card in hand one week before departure. Whew!
The most amazing thing I noticed in our travels was how easy it is for my friends and relatives to simply travel to a store and buy just about anything they need. You cannot imagine how challenging it is to live in rural Mexico and be so far away from stores. A “simple” trip to Costco in Guadalajara requires an all day plan. And the restaurants! WOW. We rarely go out to eat in our area as the quality is pretty low and we cook far better food in the house, thank you very much.
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