When Carlos came to see me in Texas in December and everything was perfectly normal between us, I think we both breathed a sigh of relief that we were still Carlos and Emily and it didn’t matter that we weren’t in Ireland anymore. After that, we were both anxious to see how things would be in Mexico, and well….we were still Carlos and Emily. Here’s the first recap of my trip:
Thursday-After my flight was delayed an hour (really, is there anything worse when you are SO CLOSE to seeing your boyfriend?!), I arrived in Monterrey and Carlos met me at the airport. We made it to Saltillo, I met Carlos’ dad for the first time, saw his mom again, and dropped my stuff off at his house. It was so surreal seeing Carlos’ house in person for the first time because you get an idea in your head of what something looks like, pieced together from what he describes and what you see over skype. It was even more beautiful than I could have imagined! Then we went to a bar/restaurant called Dublin (how fitting 🙂 ) It was downtown so I got to see the main plaza in Saltillo and the beautiful Cathedral. At Dublin we split nachos and a panini and had the best Mexican drink ever, a clamato. We listened to the live music there for a while and then called it a night.
Friday-Carlos’ mom made pancakes for breakfast and then not too long after breakfast, we started making lunch: tamales! I was in charge of the dough, and gosh was is a lot of work, but fun. The way you test to see if the dough has been kneaded enough is you roll a little bit of dough into a ball, and drop the ball into a glass of water. If the ball floats to the top, the dough is ready to start being wrapped. Anyways, the tamales turned out so delicious (I think the sauces are the best part).
After tamale-making, Carlos and I got ready and then we went to a dance festival at a theater in Saltillo. There were all different kinds of dance groups there (ballet, modern, jazz, etc.) but my favorite groups to watch were the traditional folkloric ones. I loved all of the colorful costumes and upbeat music! From there we met Carlos’ family for dinner at El Meson Principal. Goat meat is one of their specialties, and while I liked it, I ended up getting a steak like everyone else that was definitely one of the best of my life. Usually I think I could be a vegetarian, but in Mexico, there’s no way I would survive. The reason why Carlos’ family wanted to bring me there was actually for the Mariachi band that started to play at 10:30 (yes, we were eating dinner that late…this is Mexico!). I loved it, and it was so thoughtful of them to take me there.
More to come!