It’s been almost three years since the last time I went home. I had been wanting to go for a while, mainly because I wanted to see my grandparents. I am so blessed to still have all four! Sadly, I don’t get to see them very often because it’s a long trip for all of us to go either way.
After a late night of homework, I decided to look at flights. Surprisingly, they were the cheapest I’ve ever seen them. Flying from MCI it’s super expensive because there are no direct flights. However, I got two tickets for $600! That’s usually the cost of one! I bought them and then told my husband in the morning. Luckily, his job and mine agreed to give us a vacation.
We first visited my husband’s family in Nochistlan. It is one of Mexico’s magic towns. We rented a car at the airport, which was a hassle by the way, but oh so convenient and adventurous at the same time.
When we arrived at his town, his family happily greeted both of us. We didn’t really have many plans. This trip was mainly about spending with family. In the mornings, we would weak up and go for a jog, which I loved. We jogged probably for about an hour to two hours a day. We wandered to his old playgrounds. The majestic views reminded me how beautiful this country is.
His house is about five minutes away from the main town. We would go once or twice a day. I always made sure to get a fruit cocktail and a mixed drink. We sat in the Plaza and just people watched.
After three days, we then had to say goodbye because it was time to go visit my family now. The drive to my town, Monte Escobedo, was only about four hours away. It felt so much longer than that. I wasn’t even driving. We went up and down the hills. The roads were horrible, but we made it.
One last hill, and I could see my hometown. So many feelings going through my head, and so many memories that I rather not get into.
I did live in this town for most of my childhood. I moved from Chicago when I was four years old and returned back when I was nine. I have to say, those were some of the happiest years of my life.
I had never driven in Monte Escobedo, only walked, so when my husband asked for directions to go to my grandma’s house, I kept getting into one-ways. I guess I never thought about it since there’s no problem going through a certain street if you are walking.
We finally made it. I could smell the delicious gorditas my aunt had made for us as I was walking through the door. I ran and hugged my entire family. I was home!
After talking to my family it quickly got late. We went over to my parents house, the house I had lived in so many years ago. I remembered going up and down the stairs, playing with my siblings and hearing my mom talking to her clients as she was doing their hair in her salon. It felt nice.
The next two days we spent them in Jocotic. The town where my other set of grandparents live in. They are both 93 years old. The love they share for each other is what I pray to have with my husband 60 years from now. It’s beautiful. Seeing them was so rewarding. Although my grandma didn’t talk much it is a visit I will never forget.
The next day we got up early because I wanted to take my husband to Jerez, Zacatecas. He had never been. Jerez is mostly known for their annual Sábado de Gloria celebration (Holy Saturday).
We walked around the plaza, went to el mercado, and wondered of. There was a lot of people everywhere.
We also went to Zacatecas, Zacatecas (the capital). My uncle took us to La Mina del Eden. It is a must see if you are ever there. The cover is also super cheap. The tour lasted about two hours. The $5 was money well spent!
We walked downtown. There was people from all over. We stopped and ate in a Greek themed restaurant, which only served traditional Mexican food. I found it a bit odd because I was expecting Greek food, but at the same time I couldn’t complain because the food was delicious!
The day came and went super fast. Before we knew it, it was time to go home.
The next couple of days we spent them with family. Spending time with my family who I hadn’t seen in three years was exactly what I needed! I wish I could do it more often.