Friday, May 17, 2013

The Insanity Is Over

Back in the day when we used to travel together

Yesterday, Vlad pulled into the marina in Puerto Vallarta at 3:00 p.m., and I stumbled in a couple hours later off the bus from Barra de Navidad. Somehow, against all odds, we are actually going to make it to our wedding in Sayulita in a week.

I can honestly say that I have never been so happy to reach a location. We've both had some decent times on our respective journeys - Vlad single handing up the Mexican coast and me cold chilling on the bus - but we both agree that in general the whole separate traveling thing just plain sucks. It takes away from the whole point of us traveling together. You know, the together part.

For instance, who do I make quips to when I see a sign out the bus window advertising conejo for 75 pesos a kilo? (That's the going rate for rabbit outside of Acapulco.) Or who helps Vlad feed the random birds that land on Bettie during passages? We're pretty much alone on all the myriad of little things that make traveling fun.

Granted, it was much tougher for Vlad because he was completely by himself for two to three days at a time, getting very little sleep and living on cheese sandwiches. He can handle this type of arrangement for a surprisingly long time, but after nearly 1,300 miles of solo sailing, including the 450 miles of our failed Acapulco attempt where I did nada, he was ready to be done. That's close to half the distance across the Pacific and a way harder passage to boot.

Comparatively, I was living in luxury - tacos any time, walks on the beach, fresh squeezed orange juice for breakfast and the occasional hot shower. I shouldn't be able to complain, but I will anyway. Mainly, I felt pretty guilty and kept trying to weasel my way back on to the boat. But Vlad was pretty insistent that that was a bad idea even though I had stopped throwing up. He said it was too much for him to sail the boat and take care of me if I got sick again and that it was just plain selfish. We only have one chance to incubate this baby properly, and it would be a shame to not give it the best we can.

But we're finally done!!

12 comments:

  1. So glad that ya'll are reunited and all is well!

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  2. I hope you have a fantastic wedding and that your years together will be filled with love and laughter and adventure. Wishing you both nothing but happy!

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    1. Thanks, Cidnie! It should be a super fun wedding - we're getting a marachi band - and we're so excited about the baby love.

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  3. I can only imagine how difficult this was, but at least it's behind you now! Not the easy choice to make but sounds like the right now. So excited for all the big things happening in your life right now, and can't wait to see wedding pics. Sayulita, what a spot! <3

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    1. We'll see how the wedding pics look, Behan. I kind of can't fit in my dress very well anymore, and I'm wondering if I'll have to wear shorts and an old t-shirt. Oops!

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  4. oh my, that was beautiful...your little alien is going to have quite the parents and quite the life (when its not so alien anymore). Much love to you both. Exciting stuff having a little companion. You two are awesome in so many ways :)

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    1. Lol! The alien has had a pretty interesting life so far. Thanks for the support!

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  5. Off to an excellent start by putting the needs of the child first! I'm very glad the vomiting is better now and that you are both together. It will be quite the wedding! Looking forward to pictures and tales.

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! Life is way better without puking, and I'm almost through the first trimester so things have really calmed down. Thank goodness. And it's such a relief to have made it to Puerto Vallarta safe and sound!

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  6. Oh so exciting!! Happy you two are back together again (what a man Vlad is to be sailing solo like that!) and that you won't miss your OWN wedding :D. I hope the rest of your pregnancy sails smoothly and you welcome a wonderfully happy baby into the world. What an adventure you'll have to tell that kid when it's older.

    "So...you were conceived out at sea then born in Mexico."

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  7. Yay! So happy for y'all! Jess said it was a wonderful wedding! If you're in the States this summer (we'll be there) let's get together for sure!

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