This air flight was non-eventful and long, we watched movies and slept.
When it came time to go to Customs the agent asked me what I was doing in London and I told him the truth. I got shuffled through and asked a whole lot more questions and basically they decided that because I did not have the right visa they did not want to allow me entrance into the UK.
The thing is…you don’t need a visa if you are from the US. Basically they didn’t want me to get treatment at the Tropical Disease Hospital because I am not a British National. They said if I applied for a visa, and proved I would have enough money to pay for treatmentand accommodation then they would let me back in.
They were nice enough to let me spend the night with Rob at his mom’s house and then get on a plane to Chicago to my mom’s house the next morning.
It was a beautiful night with Rob…I wanted to remember everything about him and hold him all night long…
When the morning came we got ready and his mom and he dropped me off at the airport. I felt like we were just going to be away from each other for a short time and this wasn’t a forever good bye, just a for a little while…
I arrived at the airport after 20+ hours of travel time…but I was excited and shaking…I was finally going to meet him!
I waited in the customs line and looked for him and finally spotted him. He didn’t have his glasses on so he couldn’t see me, even though it looked like he was looking right at me…so when I was through the line I waited for him until he finally got through.
We looked into each others eyes and smiled huge grins and then hugged each other…we made it!
We met this a fellow traveler who was having trouble with his bank card so we tried to help him out with trying to find a place to get phone credit. We looked all around the airport, but were having trouble. In our search we met some people that were picking up people for Synthesis and I gave them hugs…then we traveled on to look for a bus to get us to our next location. After a moment I realized that one of my bags was missing. I had a backpack and a rolling bag with my laptop on it and I think during the time it took for me to give someone a hug, someone took off with it…it was kind of a bummer because of my laptop, which had all of the ebooks and MP3s I had ever done, plus other writings and all 50+ essential oils and the supplements I brought to make sure if anything happened we would be ok health wise…I don’t remember what else was in there, but in that moment I just gave thanks that we were safe and that for what ever reason this stuff had to go, that it happened to save us from some other worse thing. We looked for it for a while, but then we gave up and found a bus to take to our next location with new friend in tow.
The first thing we did was find a cell phone store to get him credit and then we found a hostel to stay in for the night. We got settled in then all went out to this place down the street that had great food and really big and strong margaritas for a small amount of money.
We had a fun time talking to our new friend..who I can’t remember the name of right now…he was 20 and had been making a living on an Alaska salmon fishing boat and now he was traveling in Mexico. (My guess is to warm up…brrr Alaska salmon fishing!)
We stayed out until we were tired and then went back to the room to rest up.
Rob and I went to that same place the next night for more Margaritas, we had a super fun time talking the night away, but this time we got lost on the way back…and then it started to rain…heavy…actually…there was a flash flood…We got caught on this one corner of the street and there was water every where…we were lost and it was late and the water was rising…and neither of us remembered what the name of our hostel was…in spite of all of that, we were holding hands and laughing in the rain…it was really just part of the adventure. At one point I stopped and just looked up at him as we were standing in the rain…and he kissed me…it was the sweetest, wettest, most beautiful kiss…the most romantic kiss I have ever experienced I believe. (Rob says I kissed him…could be…but the most important thing is that our lips met and it was amazing!)
Our intention was to go to this festival called Synthesis, but when I finally got a hold of the woman who was supposed to put us on the Volunteer list, she said that her list was full up already and she didn’t think that we were coming so she filled our spots…(Before our trip, Rob and I had been wondering if this trip was actually going to happen. We talked about it, planned it, but we were really wondering if we could pull it off. It wasn’t until the very last minute when we booked our tickets to get on the plane. )
So basically here we were in Mexico, together wondering what our next step would be, but truly…we didn’t care all that much. Neither of us had been to Mexico, so we were just excited to be there and with each other.
We just kind of went where we were led that day and our goal was to make it to Chitza Nitza even if we couldn’t get to the festival at least we would be near the pyramids where the activations were happening for 2012 Winter Solstice. (The ancient Maya believe that Dec 21st 2012 was the end of the Mayan Calendar and in effect, the end of the world. Basically…if it was going to be the end of the world I wanted to at least give Rob a hug before we were here on the planet anymore.)
I had a feeling that this Solstice was going to be really important somehow. I didn’t know what was going to happen, but I wanted to have Rob with me when it did…would the world end? Would we transform somehow? We would just have to wait to find out…but in those moments…the end of the world wasn’t really an option…we were having too much fun and exploring new love.