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Posted by Jessica on Mar 27, 2009
Home Again, Home Again

After a glorious week in gorgeous Mexico City, we arrived safe and sound at the Boston Logan International Airport yesterday evening or (more accurately) this morning. As much as I cried while we were leaving Mexico, it's good to be home. Or, as Tim mentioned, it's good to be home again here in our little fishing shack by the sea with the knowledge that we'll return to our second home – the world with our packs on our backs – one day soon.

As I write, Sheila (my sister) and Jeff (my brother-in-law) should be arriving at the Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City. Their flight leaves in a few hours and they'll spend the next 30 minutes or so navigating their way through the maze of airport trains, ticketing, and security.

Saying goodbye to them yesterday, with the Catedral Metropolitana and the rest of the Zocalo as our backdrop, was incredibly difficult. At one point, after hugging and kissing our goodbyes (Tim and I were headed to the airport while Sheila and Jeff were heading out for a new adventure), I turned and trotted back to them for one last hug. The police – decked out nearby in riot gear for some yet-to-be-determined reason – had friendly smiles for me as they noticed tears streaming down my face after my last hug with Sheila. (Tim even heard a few of them say, "Awwwww.") And that really typifies Mexico in many ways: for all its turmoil, for all its difficulties, it is an incredibly welcoming, beautiful, and uplifting place.

I'm looking forward to sharing our stories from Mexico City over the coming weeks: from a garden of cats, to a warehouse of flowers, to a mysteriously absent festival of music, to classical music in the Zocalo, and everything in-between. There are many stories to share of random discoveries, friendly faces, and exciting adventures.

But for now, for today, know that there are two hedgehogs who are madly in love with yet another city in yet another country.

March 29, 2009 at 5:12pm
LOOOOOOVE the website.
Ok. Now that's done.
I've been bitten by the travel bug as much as I can shackled to my job. (you know the one, Jess)
I'm heading to Dublin for 4 days. Any places in town you or someone else may know of to have a good time without getting ripped off? I still love a good beer!
Jessica the hedgehog
March 30, 2009 at 9:47am
Hey lady! I'm so excited for you! Neither of us have been to Dublin just yet, so we're looking forward to hearing your travel tips when you return. :)

I hunted around on two of my favorite travel-related websites. The first is the Lonely Planet message boards. A general hunt in their UK/Ireland section (http://www.lonelyplanet.com…) will yield good results. But I wanted to specifically recommend this thread (http://www.lonelyplanet.com…) in particular. In that thread, the poster is debating between Dublin or Stockholm (they eventually choose Dublin!) and the first reply (written by someone named littlefox) has an awesome (and very detailed) list of Top 5 Parks, Top 5 Museums, Top 5 Pubs, etc, etc. It looks like a great list!

The second website I poked around on is Chowhound (which is a website that highlights little-known and well-known food places around the world). They have a UK/Ireland section as well (http://chowhound.chow.com/b…), but this thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/t…), although short so far, seems to have some strong suggestions in it already too. :)

Hopefully some of this is helpful. :) We can't wait to hear all about your trip! When are you heading out? :):)

Tim the hedgehog
March 30, 2009 at 9:52am

The police – decked out nearby in riot gear for some yet-to-be-determined reason…

The reason has since become clear: it turns out that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in town! :)

March 30, 2009 at 11:02am
i'm glad your back safely we wait to see your postings glad to hear you and big sister all enjoyed yourself love always daddy, mommy, woof meow woof ps they say hi to cousins

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