Monday, August 1, 2016

Traveling to Mexico!

A few weeks ago, my husband and I took a trip to Mexico. It was our second trip in the last two months. Our trip was very short but worth every second! Due to my husband's schedule four days was all the time we could spend over there. It had been eight years since he had been back to visit his family/grandparents in Mexico, so this was my birthday present to him.  His grandparents live in the outskirts of Guadalajara in the small town of San Jose de los Reynoso. The town is ridiculously small so we decided to stay in San Miguel, a nearby town with a little more stuff to do.

Since we live in San Diego we have the option of either flying from our airport or cross the border and fly from Tijuana, Mexico. At first we were looking for international flights from San Diego but we were able to get a really good deal if we flew from Tijuana. Here is the perk of flying from Tijuana: the prices, and the bridge. The bridge that I am talking about was just built a little over a year ago. It starts in the United States and takes you directly to the airport in Tijuana. It is super convenient and fast. You go through customs at the beginning and then voila! There is a $15 charge for each way but it was completely worth it for us. If you want more info on the bridge check our this link.

As soon as we arrived in Guadalajara we picked up our luggage and went to get our rental car. Since the town we were heading to was about 1h30 minutes away, we knew the only real option was to rent a car in order to get around. Driving in Mexico was a bit scary (even for us). The GPS in the rental didn't even work but luckily my prepared hubby had downloaded an app that only used GPS and had printed out directions to a few of the places we were headed towards on MapQuest before we left the states.  We still had a few hiccups at the beginning but we got to our final destination which is all that matters.

Our hotel accommodations were extremely cute. The courtyard was so green and absolutely lovely. The food from the restaurant always smelled amazing but we never tried it. The room was okay but needed new carpet. Who knows how long that carpet had been there! For the price, we really couldn't complain. There aren't really that many options near by so we got the best that the city had to offer. We had warm water and Wifi so honestly there really wasn't much for me to complain about.

The first day was spent getting settled and going to visit family. The second day was all about visiting the ranch. As a kid my husband spent most of his time there. Ever since we started dating he's been talking about his grandpa's ranch.  It was absolutely wonderful seeing him with his grandpa and just reminiscing on good times. We were able to go on a great hike on the land and see them milk the cows. We spent a few hours there but could've stayed longer! I will tell you this, I was most impressed with his grandpa. He is 84 years old and still managing his land!

The third day was very special to me. We drove a little further away to visit a very famous Basilica in San Juan de los Lagos. People from all over the world come to visit this place to see the Virgen. She has been known to grant many miracles. People make pilgrimages to this church in hopes of getting their prayers come true We were lucky enough to see her up close and I was able to pray in a bench right at the front. I saw people walk on their knees to show their respect which just blew my mind. It was an over all very emotional day for me. I prayed for many friends that are hurting and sick. I also prayed for me and my husband. There is a lot to be said about the power of prayer. 

The last day we were both pretty sad. We weren't quite ready to go but our little vacation had come to an end. We left with both our hearts and our bellies full. We have plans to come back and visit again real soon. I will say that the best part of the trip was seeing my husband so incredible happy with his family. His grandparents helped raise him to be the man he is today.

I've always loved to travel, but traveling with your best friend is so much more fun and enjoyable. I love being able to share my love of travel with someone else now. I'll sign off with a beautiful picture of our sunset from the second day at the ranch. There were these beautiful thunderstorms while we were there but I was able to catch the sunset in all it's beauty.

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