2016 was a horrendous year. The political campaign seemed interminable and was the most bizarre and inane I have ever seen in my lifetime. And when it was all over we were faced with the nightmarish reality that the most despicable and dangerous person to ever be a candidate for a major U.S. political party is about to enter the White House. I truly fear for my country. I hope that we will survive the next four years. Even though he will control the House and the Senate, perhaps the fact that he comes to the Presidency with abysmal approval ratings will serve as a check upon his attempts to carry out his proposed agendas.
On a personal level, in spite of the cloud hanging over our heads, it was a good year. My health (knock on wood) is good, and I continued to do what I enjoy the most... to travel. During 2016 I took four trips outside of the country. I began the year by taking my friend Frank to Mérida. Over the years I have taken nine friends and family members to the capital of Yucatán. All of them thoroughly enjoyed Mérida, and Frank was no exception. After hearing my stories about my Mexican travels, he had no fear of going to a country that is so often portrayed as a "dangerous" place in the media here. His mother, however, was quite fearful. When Frank returned home and showed her the pictures from the trip, she had to admit that she never realized that Mexico was so nice.
In April and November I took two trips to Mexico City to visit my friend Alejandro, and we took several excursion outside of the city.
The Swiss Alps
A Norwegian fjord
The hospitality and warmth shown to me by my cousins made the trip much more special and elevated it far beyond the typical tourist experience. I would have to rank it as one of the best trips of my life.
Looking forward to 2017 there may be some major changes in my life. In my previous post I wrote about the trip I will take in January, and that I will be apartment hunting in Mexico City. During the Presidential campaign I told people that if Trump were to win, I would move to Mexico. I never really believed that the unthinkable would happen. Now you might think, because of all the travel that I do, that I am an adventurous person who would have no trouble pulling up stakes. But I have lived in the same house since I was three years old, and the thought of clearing out my house and selling it is terrifying. Thus, I am planning on becoming a "semi-ex-pat" dividing my time between Ohio and Mexico. I know Mexico very well and feel comfortable there, but I am sure that there will be many adjustments to be made as I set out on a new style of life. Only time will tell what is in store for me in the new year.