Guadalajara isn't where I was hoping to go, although I was expecting it. It's hard to hear people refer to Central Asia as the "Ickystans" when I so much would rather be there (and they'd probably rather be in Guadalajara).
But there is a lot to look forward to. Here's what I've come up with so far.
- It's not as hot as most of Mexico (but the people who refer to it as perpetual spring don't define spring the way I do)
- If I'm not in Central Asia, at least I won't be in the US (not that I dislike the US, I just don't want to live here all the time)
- Visitors! Kyrgyzstan didn't exactly attract a lot of people (even though it should have).
- Great food. And I'll get to learn how to cook it.
- Mangoes. And other fruit. All year.
- Lots of things to do in the city and nearby
- Lots of Mormons
- Spanish. It's time.
But there are some things that make me itchy. There's a Wal-Mart there. And Costco. And a bazillion retirees. And it does get hot for several months. And we can't take the bus or the metro. But I can get around a lot of that (please mock me if I ever admit to going to Wal-Mart while I'm there).