The best part was that I could enjoy being in the US without feeling like I was stuck there. I knew I'd go home to Mexico in a few weeks. And I could stock up on food I can't find in Mexico or that's really expensive. We came home with:
Lots and lots of dark chocolate
Peanut M&Ms that aren't horribly expensive
2 cases of coconut milk
16 pounds of rice noodles
Two giant things of curry paste
1 gallon of rice vinegar
And some unscented laundry detergent, since that's hard to find here. I think that's everything. I am looking forward to a year with more coconut milk in it. :)
The other best part about the trip was knowing that I was coming back to Guadalajara where I've already been living. I went home to my house (still too big, but delightfully white and devoid of furniture), wonderful weather, a place where I know how to shop, friends, and good food. Our plane arrived late, but there was still time to get tamales and stop at a taco stand on the way home. It's so nice to be home and to go to the tianguis this morning.
We'll be in Mexico DF for most of August, and I am so excited for that. Then back home for one more year until we go to the US to relearn Arabic, then off to Saudi Arabia.