Tijuana Welcome

LUE 2014

When I arrived in Tijuana for my Taco and Tequila tour I was greeted by a big smile from LUE. He is a shepherd – greyhound cross and has one of the sweetest temperaments I have ever seen in a dog. So well behaved and he followed me everywhere. Having lost my own dog last year seeing LUE was just what I needed along with the sun and seeing my good friend again. LUE also slept with me every night and I enjoyed the company.

You hear so many stories about Tijuana but where we were is so nice. It’s just a suburb with people living their lives in a beautiful location. Their place is right on the ocean and there is a pool area to lounge in over looking the ocean. I could sit out there with my buddy LUE for days (and I did). Just listening to the ocean talking and laughing with the neighbours and feeling so welcome. It’s amazing that I returned home. To go outside without eight layers on was such a welcome change.

It was the perfect break to debate the next step in my life, sometimes you need to step out of your everyday life to figure things out. While I don’t have all the details worked out the sun and fun in Tijuana certainly helped.

What Next?

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I haven’t posted in awhile and I feel it’s time to get back at it.

I’ve been working but my six month term ends the end of this week. Now I’m back to what next? This has really been what’s taken over my thoughts for the last few months of the year. The good news is that I have choices, there are several paths I could take but which one?

I could sell everything and travel. Awesome! How awesome would that be? The problem is what comes after the money runs out? I feel I need a better plan. There is also the possibility of moving somewhere warmer and avoiding another Calgary winter, very appealing but where? What do I do when I get there? I could even go back to school but for what?

I have possibilities flying around in my head and am now resigned to just getting through the next week. Then I am going to visit a friend in Mexico! There I can step back from my life and take a look at it. I find that often when we’re living in the familiar, everyday routine, it’s hard to get the big picture. Going to Mexico for a week I am hoping for a revelation or a good dose of common sense. Either way we hope to come home with a more concrete plan.

Life is full of possibilities and keeping an eye out for opportunity. In the next few weeks that is what I will be doing. Thinking of possibilities and looking for opportunities, who knows what could pop up when actually paying attention and not just walking along grumbling about the weather.

Change, even good change is stressful and thinking of making a big change is scary but what is the alternative? I’m not so sure I like the status quo and if I don’t make a leap now then I probably won’t. The plan now is to instigate change but also to know what I’m leaping towards. That is the answer I’m hoping to find. Perhaps the universe will throw me a bone and give me a clue as to the path I should take.

Dettifoss Again

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This is a photo of the top of Dettifoss just before it crashes over the edge.

It’s so beautiful and it goes from really calm to starting to churn, seeming to pick up speed before it turns into a big churning mass of water crashing down. Amazing and it was definitely one of the top highlights of my trip, in a trip that was full of highlights.

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Dettifoss

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The mother of all the waterfalls we saw. By volume of water it is the largest in Europe and the sound of the crashing water is unbelievable.

It’s a formidable site and I’m not sure the photo’s do it justice for it’s size and strength. It is MASSIVE and really beautiful in a way that is different from the tall waterfalls and the pretty smaller ones. It’s beauty is in just the sheer volume and power of the water.

We stood and watched it for ages it’s very mesmerizing to watch and the sound is oddly calming.

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Sea Lions! Or maybe just rocks…….

Jökulsárlón Boat 9

While on the boat we were about to turn around and head back when Kat, my wonderful, wonderful roommate, said “Sea Lions!”

Nathan our guide said he didn’t think so but Kat was adamant. I must say that Kat has extraordinary sight and sees things others miss often. Which is awesome. I couldn’t see them but if you’ve travelled with me you know if you point something out to me it suddenly becomes invisible. What, where? I don’t see it?

Nathan got the boat captain to turn the boat to go see the sea lions. As we got closer we could see something. Was it? Could it be? It was possible we had seen one go under the bridge as we drove into the Jökulsárlón parking lot. How cool to see two chilling on an iceberg!

Then we realized, not sea lions. Rocks. Two big black rocks chilling on an iceberg.

For the rest of the tour I would often point at a big black rock and yell “Sea Lion!”

Kat would then hit me and tell me to shut up…. but giggle a little as well. It was funny and Nathan and the boat captain were wonderful for even trying to get us close to the sea lions.