We are the Marincas-Bucy Family, Gregg (Daddy), Marlyn (Mama), Alex John (4.5 years old), and Gregorie Ann (3 years old). This blog will be the story of our 6 months spent traveling through Mexico and Central America. Please read along to follow us on our adventures, to find information about planning your own adventure, to get hints and ideas on traveling with small children, or to just daydream.
[Alex is now 7 and Gregorie is 5.5 , and our six months were spent. We are still reliving our adventures every day. And sharing them here. And dreaming of more... always dreaming...]
Sunday, October 18, 2009
For months I have been trying to get the girls to learn a little Spanish. Alex has been especially resistant -- "I don't speak Spanish. I don't want to speak Spanish!" Over the last couple weeks, I have watched her "resolve" soften. Today we walked and walked around San Cristobal. After lunch we started to climb to a church perched above the edge of the city. We stopped to rest and check the map, sitting on a low wall. A young Mayan girl, one of the omni-present street vendors, approached us with beaded necklaces and other handicrafts. Before I could say anything, I saw/heard Alex wave her hand and say, "No, gracias!"
Later today she asked the waiter for "la cuenta" and told him she needed "cambio".
Time, because it is so fleeting, time, because it is beyond recall, is the most precious of human goods and to squander it is the most delicate form of dissipation in which man can indulge. Cleopatra dissolved in a wine a priceless pearl, but she gave it to Antony to drink; when you waste the brief golden hours you take the beaker in which the gem is melted and dash its contents to the ground The gesture is grand and like all grand gestures absurd. That of course is its excuse.
But query -- will WE be the ones squandering time? There is nothing absurd in our adventure, though I do expect it to be grand.
Meet the Bubbles
The Why of Where?
How did we plan where to go? How are we figuring out how much time to spend in places, what to do and see and what to skip? And why are we going in the first place?