Money goes fast when you are traveling…so we had to figure out a way to make money on the road. I do voice work and have a steady client so I had some money coming in from that. Rob codes websites and does graphic design work, so when we could find a place we would be doing our work. I think the most beautiful place Rob did coding was on the beach in Tulum. We were camping on the beach and in the morning we walked down the beach until we could find a place for him to sit at a table. We found a fancy resort type place and sat down, but they wanted to charge us for using the table, so we said…are there any free tables? and the man said, yes that one over there without an umbrella. So we sat all day and Rob worked away.
In those days we lived job to job, so the graphic design job he did got us to our next location. Then I would do a voice job and that would get us a little further…I suggested that we get a machete because there were days when we were really low on food and if we had a machete we could cut down coconuts, which we could quite easily live off of for a while if we needed to. (That machete became Rob’s very favorite thing in the whole world, besides his family and me.)
We tried to make it on our own, but there were times we got into trouble, and our families sent us money so we could get to our next location…our intention was always that we were going to make enough money to pay everyone back, but as it went, it was hard to have enough time to work and travel. Traveling all the time takes it out of you sometimes and there are not always perfect situations in which to work when you are on crowded buses or finding the next place to stay…
After Tulum we were at a bus stop and we met this man Jerry. Jerry was quite a character. He was vivacious and full of life. (and rum) We told him we were going to go to Synthesis, but couldn’t get on the list and he said, “I am not on the list, I am just going to show up!” So Rob and I looked at each other and said “Ok, we’re in!”
Off we were to the Synthesis party!
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.