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March 31, 2016

This has been a strange month.  We decided to go home to be with Guy’s mum who’s sick.  We’ve spent all of our time in Mexico City alternating between slow days spent reading and working, and busy days exploring the city. We love this city, we really do, but we’re also getting a little tired of it. I’ve been working more than usual this month which means that Guy’s been left to his own devices and we’ve both been trying to find the balance. I always want just a little more time to work, and he always wishes we had more time to explore together.

We’re feeling mixed emotions about going home (just two weeks left). We’re excited to see our friends and family, but we’re reluctant to have to get back into the working grind, and we can’t help these icky thoughts trickling in every now and then about how much more we wanted to see and do before going home. We know this isn’t the end of our traveling, and we have a couple of trips in mind for this year and next but still it’s not quite the same, a holiday as opposed to an open ended trip. And of course we know how lucky we are to even be able to entertain the idea of trips – not that reminding myself of that helps stop the thoughts.

Anyway, we have a couple of really exciting things coming up in the next few months which I can’t wait to share, actually I think if it wasn’t for those we would be feeling positively crap, but we’re focusing our energy on those and getting really excited.

It’s been a slow and quiet month. Easter weekend was a totally relaxed affair here. It seemed like all of Mexico cities residents left to go visit family in other parts of the country, and a whole bunch of domestic tourists flooded in. The roads were CRAZY, and the museums had lines stretching out the door and down the street, but there wasn’t any sense of Easter – no decorations, no parades, no special foods. Seeing all the wonderful photos from our friends in Oaxaca made us miss it even more! We spent pretty much the whole weekend inside reading, watching movies and eating chocolate and cheese. It was really nice actually ha. It’s also inspired me to start some Easter traditions from now on, something to make the holiday special – I think that’s something America does so well, they seem to throw themselves into every holiday and really make the most of it. In New Zealand Easter is pretty low key, a lot of people go away camping since it’s the last long weekend of warm weather, and we exchange easter eggs but it’s all pretty casual. Next year I’m going to change that! 🙂

the traveling anthropologist

Watching

QI. I’ve been a fan of QI for a few years now but this month I’ve spent several afternoons lying on my bed watching the episodes on Youtube. Part of it is my addiction to Stephen Fry and part of it is that it really is so damm interesting! Any episode with Bill Bailey or David Mitchell has me in tears before it’s even started.

I watched a few movies this month too which I haven’t done in ages – something about having to sit still for an hour and a half instantly makes me restless (although I can sit and watch five TV episodes no problem).  The Imitation Game with the lovely Benedict Cumberbatch was good, My beautiful broken brain was quite fascinating and Bridge of Spies was Tom Hanks at his best. I also re-watched a few of the Harry Potter films which were playing in a marathon on TV here, they are nowhere near as good as the books so it normally annoys me to watch them but I actually enjoyed them this time.

Reading

Still Alice by Lisa Genova. This was a sad book (I normally try to avoid sad books) but it was so touching and well written that I really enjoyed it. It’s about a lady who is suffering from early onset dementia and how she comes to grips with the effect it has on her life, career and family.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.  The cover of this book really irritated me and I almost didn’t read it because of it but I’m so glad I did because it was wonderful. It reminded me a little bit of my brother, and a little bit of Guy – they both possess a tiny bit of Don’s single minded logic (something that I completely lack).

Is everyone hanging out without me? by Mindy Kaling.  I haven’t watched the American Office (I loved the British one too much to dare) so I didn’t really know who Mindy was before reading this, but I loved this book. At times it had me laughing out loud and at other times I just appreciated how well written it was.

Americanah by Chimanda Ngozi Adichie. This book is nothing like I was expecting and I love it. It’s incredibly well written, but also a fascinating glimpse into life in Nigeria which I previously had no knowledge of at all. The struggles faced by youth trying to merge modern influences with their families traditional values and societies expectations of them is something I think everyone can relate to.

The Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollan. I’ve wanted to read this book for ages now but have never gotten around to doing it. I’m halfway through and so far it’s fascinating, though it’s definitely the kind of book you have to be in the mood for – it’s not exactly light reading (though it is written very well).

Clicking on

My new favourite Instagram – The Momo Twins Unbelievably gorgeous. Total babygoals!

 

 

 

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