Christmas in the Tropics

Wow, what a very different Christmas it will be this year.  The last few Christmas’s I have spent away from home and it has been a little rough.  Last year I was aboard the Celebrity Century touring around Hawaii, Mexico, and the Bahamas.  I remember Skyping my dad and sister and we were laughing about how every 5 seconds they saw a different person come into the shot to sell us jewelry or sunglasses in Puerto Vallerta.  Though I was not near my family and friends at home, I had made some new wonderful friends at sea.  Being Christmas Eve, we all bought ourselves a new pair of tropical sunglasses; as ya do in Mexico.  It was such gorgeous, hot weather with a cool ocean breeze.  We wore cute summery outfits and had our toes dug deep in the sand at our beachfront restaurant.  It was utter paradise.  We sipped sugar rimmed margaritas and lunched on macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi.  Even though this sounds like perfection, I honestly cannot wait to have my traditional, normal Christmas at home with my family.  🙂

Merry Christmas to the Fab Four!  ❤ Love you girls!

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Ensenada, Mexico

Ensenada was the final port in our first Pacific Coast cruise. I love being in port everyday with no sea days, but the tendering process for crew has been terrible. We sometimes have to wait at least 4 hours to get off the ship. Hardly seems worth it to be on land for maybe 1 hour. I hope next week goes better. Next week we have another overnight in San Francisco and I’m hoping to do a nighttime tour of Alcatraz. How creepy would that be?!

Today Jairus and I went into Ensenada and had some carnitas tacos and cokes from a little shack on the corner of a busy street. I thought it was going to be the most amazing tacos ever because the best authentic food comes from places like these. They chopped up every part of the pig, I mean EVERY part. After we got our 3 taco combo with a Mexican coke for $4.50, a couple of ladies carried out a big iron bucket in front of us as a refill full of pig slop. There we’re slabs of fat, intestines, tongues, snouts, everything. The locals love it, but halfway through my first taco, I couldn’t do it! The salsa was so hot, the hottest I’ve ever tasted. I admit defeat! I need my Americanized Mexican food. Please and thank you! No matter how worldly I think I am, there are some things I can’t get used to! Pig intestine is one of them.

We wandered about a bit and got Nutella crepes and Starbucks frappacinos to wash down the pig.

So that’s Mexico. 🙂