Last days in Ensenada

Trip Start Jan 12, 2009
Trip End Apr 26, 2009

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Flag of Mexico  , Baja California,
Sunday, March 1, 2009

My last days here in Ensenada have had some ups and downs (but mostly ups).

Although my spanish has improved, it's not at a level where I was hoping to be at the end of my stay here. I think that I've reached a point where I understand enough to realize how much I still can't say/understand and so I just get frustrated. What makes it all worse is that I blush so easily!! and so my frustration/embarrasment is clearly advertised across my face. Overall though I'm glad that I've had this opportunity to work on my Spanish...even if it's been a bit overwhelming at times.

The last days of Carnaval were really fun. There were parades everyday...which were filled with bright costumes, music, and covered the streets with confetti. There were two guys staying at the hostel from Oregon during this time and we each won hideous prizes playing the carnival games (a giant bright pink ceramic pig, a scooby doo bank, and a stuffed vomiting toucan). They were also nice enough to let me tag along on their outing to the one of the largest blowholes in the world. Carlos gave me these last couple days to go and explore a bit more than I've previously been able to do. Which worked out perfectly because there were a few new guests to hang out with as well. Denise and Pat are Canadian professors who teach online, and so they work here and there during the day using the wifi here at the hostel...and then are free to go out and explore the city! Claudia, a recent college graduate from Juarez Mexico, arrived the other day as well (it was finally so nice to have some other females around!! it's been primarily dudes the whole time!). Just yesterday the four of us gals went on a wine tasting tour in a small town just outside of Ensenada. It was such a fun day and the wine here is so good! On one of our tours, I really liked what the guide had to say about wine....she said that it isn't all about judging whether or not the wine is's about the moment, the food, and the friends that makes the wine all the better.

Today, my last day in Ensenada, Claudia and I spent the day together....we ate some delicious food (which i'm going to miss a lot!!), walked along the beach....unfortunately the water is still a bit too chilly to swim in, found some souveniers, and took a little boat trip about the port.

I've really enjoyed my time here and feel like I've made some true friends. But I have to admit that I'm really excited for the next leg of my journey--Thailand!! I'll be staying in San Diego tomorrow, arrive in Los Angeles on the 3rd, and then I'll be on a plane to Bangkok at midnight on the 4th!

Will post again soon...

take care,
Halen last entry about carnaval was featured on travelpods travelblog.... It's in the Feb. 26th entry
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