So here I am, sat once again in Mexico City’s international airport, only this time I’m home bound. I am extremely sad to be leaving Mexico. I’ve had some downs whilst I’ve been in Colima; Fall outs, illness and homesickness! I miss my family and I’m absolutely ecstatic to see my boyfriend for the first time in 5 months at the Heathrow arrival gate tomorrow. However, it’s like all of the bad stuff no longer matters, and I can only think about the fantastic memories and all the new things I’ve learnt. I’ve met so many lovely people and have awesome new friends to keep in contact with!
Mexico surprised me with its friendliness. From staff at the airport when I arrived, to shopkeepers, taxi drivers, security staff and pretty much anyone else in Colima. Where to go, the local traditions and how to improve my Spanish – I will forever be grateful for all of your help!
Before I arrived, I was warned about how dangerous Mexico is. The UK, though not quite as bad as the US, warns of a violent and crime-ridden country. I’m not denying that you need to be careful (always ask locals for advice), but I found the news reports to be out of context and scare mongering. What I did find was a beautiful country, with the warmest people and the most colourful culture. Mexico should be on everyone’s travel list!
I have gained more practical experience in volcanology than I could ever have imagined! I have a better understanding of the logistic of volcano monitoring, and the economic and social issues that affect hazard management. Volcanology is a very competitive career, but is something that I am now even more driven to pursue! For the experience I have gained, I must thank CIIV at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Colima, especially Nick – the director of CIIV.
Lastly I want to thank everyone who has read each blog post. These were originally started to keep my family updated with my fieldwork and travel adventures, and have grown into so much more. The may be a large break before the next post – I don’t have any future travel plans. I’m coming home from Mexico exhausted with an empty bank account, needing some R&R as well as some family time!
I hope you enjoyed reading about my time in Mexico – maybe its time to plan your own adventure!
Mucho gracias Mexico, hasta luego! I will be back someday!