We ended up having a few amazing days in Mexico after all.  There were many challenges along the way but the most important thing was that we were able to spend almost 5 days together, as a new extended family, with much milder weather than anything we have currently in Canada.

Mexico – New Years

This album highlights a few of the wonderful moments we spent.  Our favorite lunch was in Jocotepec, the village where my parents live (30 min outside of Ajijic for those who know that area – it’s popular with ex-pats). We enjoyed pescado and camarones (fish and shrimp) dishes that were quite hot and very tasty.  La comida (lunch) is the largest meal of the day and can take several hours. We enjoyed this tradition, although it was challenging to really slow down and enjoy eating for over an hour. We are definitely not used to that here in Canada.

Roca Azul is the enclosed park where my parents live. It includes vacation homes, a trailer/RV park and a vast recreation area.  We had a chance to enjoy the many different facilities while we were there. It has the feel of a 1950s or 60s great resort – with tennis, volleyball, basketball, a soccer pitch, jungle gyms for the kids, a large manor house and 2 swimming pools.  We spent quite a bit of time in the smaller, warmer pool which had a lagoon-like feel to it.  We also tried beach volleyball and tennis. I am still not very good at tennis, and luckily, neither is Dan.

New Year’s Eve was a family evening for us, including traditional soupe à l’oignon and champagne. We added a Mexican twist this year and hung a pinata for us to whack! Imagine our surprise when after all of that whacking the pinata turned out to be EMPTY! Oh well, we still enjoyed the cocktails and celebrated the end of 2009 outside in the garden.

Our last full day together was New Year’s Day and we spent most of the day relaxing in the garden, reading, watching some of the movies we had received as gifts and taking it easy.  Wonderful! We awoke to a thunder storm early on Saturday morning and saw Nick and Sophie off to the airport in pouring rain.  Even though it was raining, we did have the chance to visit Chapala, a small little town near the water.  We walked along the malecon and hopped between rain drops.  The balance of our last day was spend inside.

It was a very special time for us as a family, and one that may not be easy to repeat in the near future. It is always difficult to be so far away from each other, but we all grew up as world travellers, so it was inevitable that we would go our separate ways as we grew older. Jérôme and Louise seem to have really adjusted to life in Mexico and are very happy. And that’s what is most important of all.

Julie

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