Thursday, February 08, 2007

con mucho gusto

We are leaving tomorrow. But first we must earn our passage to El Salvador, so before we hop on that red-eye we get to drive 7 hours to drop off and acclimate M. So our trip starts a few days early, with child depositing and family arranging and a late night dinner with friends we never see. And oh yeah, we've still got to pack.

Excitement, see, it's building.

And then on Sunday we'll head out, our backpacks and a lonely planet between us. We've been shameful this trip - we've spent no time deciding where we want to go - we've gotten as far as deciding to head to the bus station after getting off the plane, but where to go from there?

Lucia mentions beaches. You can bet my happy ass will be sitting on one. I hear there are volcanic rocks and lots of hiking. People with guns. Homemade tortillas and bits of silver. We'll figure it out as we go.

We have no expectations beyond getting through customs. J says we'll sort it out on the flight down, but I think we'll be sleeping. There will be time enough once we get there.

But before we do any of that we'll stop at the nearest spot and have an ice cold beer and breath it in. El Salvador.

El Salvador. Be kind to us. We'll tread lightly but am expecting we'll run into a few walls along the way. Gringos, we know. Lo siento, amigos.

Just Posts are coming. And then I'll blog from the road as soon as I find an internet cafe. And after I have that beer.

Too bad you all can't come. We'd have a grand time playing poker and drinking cheap beer late into the night.

El Salvador, my sweet. We'll be seeing you.

31 comments:

kristen said...

safe travels my friend. and i can't wait to hear of your adventures with J and see photos, lots of photos! volcanic rock photos. (=
xo

Sober Briquette said...

Have a great time. My unplanned trips are usually the best.

NotSoSage said...

Bon voyage! I can't wait to hear about your travels!

Mad Hatter said...

Yo, drink the beer first and then post. It'll be far more fun that way.

Lightness to your hiking boots, amiga.

ECR said...

I'll be looking forward to your reports, which will no doubt be inspired. Happy take-off, safe landing and many adventures from there on in.

metro mama said...

Enjoy! Can't wait to hear all about it.

Thailand Gal said...

Above all, travel safe! I'll look forward to hearing and reading your observations. El Salvador is a beautiful place! If you decide to stay there, I'd completely understand. Let me know. I will go collect M. and bring her to you. LOL


Peace,

~Chani

Z said...

Have a wonderful time. I'm glad you'll be blogging along the way, I was missing you already. But if you're too busy on that beach, we'll understand.

J Fife said...

Cold beer in El Salvador...ahhh... enjoy every drop of your trip.

Vaya con dios.

mamatulip said...

Have fun. Soak up the sun. Bottom's up. ;)

wendy boucher said...

Hasta luego. Have a great trip!

QT said...

I am wishing you the safe travels, cold beers and lots of time exploring. I know you will have a great time and I can't wait for your trip reports!

crazymumma said...

Oh Jen. Have a great time. It is going to be a whirlwind before you go. M is going to be just fine. She will be with people who love her and will spoil her silly.

Now off you go, have frosty one for me.

Bon Voyage!

Julie Pippert said...

Good luck with all the preparation. I look forward to hearing your posts from the road.

Have un poco de todo except fun (have a lot) and beer (as much as you like). :)

Vaya con Dios!

Jo said...

Ohhhhh, so exciting!!!! Have fun! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Lillithmother said...

Cold beer...hot sand, warm water...J all to yourself...DRINK IT ALL IN SISTER! I'll be doing my part (seeing as I'm stuck here) by surrounding you both with white light for safety...

Drink some decent tequila for me, I miss the genuine stuff!

Lil xo

The Atavist said...

I'll be waiting to hear all about your trip, your experiences, even enjoy your pics if you post any. I envy you! Have a great time.

KC said...

yes, be safe and merry. Drink in the lusciousness around you.

We'll be thirsty for more.

(and the 7 hour car drive- I'll pray for you!)

flutter said...

travel safe, gringa.

ecm said...

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Have a wonderful adventure...and then come back to share your tales.

Deezee said...

this is so inspiring. I haven't traveled in such a way since becoming a parent...please throw in one adventure with my name on it.

and have fun!

Laurie said...

The best times of my life have been unplanned! Have a blast!

Penny said...

God keep you on your travels, Jen. Enjoy yourself. You deserve it! I look forward to the tales and the pictures of you in your family adventures. Missing you already.

carrie said...

Have a wonderful, much-needed vacation and a beer for me too!

Carrie

Em said...

I'm jealous! Have a wonderful trip.

hel said...

Staying up late knowing you have nothing to do but explore unknown beach adventures the next day.

It's a tough job but someone's got to do it.

Be safe and have fun

penelopeto said...

safe journey, my friend. enjoy that cerveza.

Anjali said...

Have a fabulous trip! We'll all be here when you get back!

Bob said...

I hope you got off okay, things have a way of working out. Sometimes traveling without specific destinations in mind is much better as you're open to whim, finding those out-of-the-way places (world's biggest ball of string - 100 miles this way, etc. etc.)

Have a safe and happy trip.

Oh, The Joys said...

Don't plan anything... that's the best way to go!!

Have a great time!!

Mrs. Chicky said...

Sounds wonderful. Scary, but wonderful. Enjoy yourselves and be safe.