After a quick trip to Catalina Island my family and headed to Ensenada, Mexico via boat. Before than the furthest I ever travelled in Mexico was a half hour drive from the San Diego border to Rosarito. Sad, I know. So it was nice to see another town on the California Baja coast, finally. My mom, sister, and I even got a little bold and rented a golf cart to putz around the city. You can imagine the amount of honking and glances that came our way. Especially since my mom got the back seat. It was a sight for sure. We also got to eat amazing fish tacos, drink a couple beers, walk through the open markets, and meet a few characters.
This trip made me fall in love with the Mexican culture and people. Don't get me wrong, I have always enjoyed its vibrant culture, the incredible food, and have always been intrigued by its latin allure. But my Ensenada experience intensified my appreciation and I have a feeling I am being beckoned to this country. And who knows how that will materialize in the future. I used to think it was quite odd that there were always accordions in Mexican music. But after coming across so many Mariachis and listening to so many talented musicians on the street I have a great appreciation for folk Mexican music and their ability to absorb elements from other cultures. When we ate at a small taco shop run by husband and wife it felt so much like being home on the islands. The daughter sat a few tables down from us with her friends eating the same food we were and enjoying the company of her parents as they worked. The people are so friendly, inviting, and happy. Even if they are always trying to sell you something from their little stores.. they always crack a joke, a compliment, or a smile. Granted we are tourists and Ensenada is a very touristic town.. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and feel like a have a little deeper understand of a culture I love even more.
Ensenada is such a special place to me.