I am writing this with a spot of mole on my glasses as I cook up a pot of my new favorite dish for friends. Oaxaca surprised us with its ability to transition us from big city bustle to wet pine forests with wild mushrooms and silent trails to the heat of its isolated beaches monitored by black iguanas.
It is hard to believe that we’ve been Riveted Kids for a whole year. We are 56 blog posts into our adventure. Now it is time to set our sights a little further toward the horizon and we have ambitious plans!
I was dizzy. I was in pain. And a black haze was seeping into my vision.
The morning beforehand had been perfect. I had woken to the hot, salty Oaxacan air, excited to be in the water again. The sunbaked sand, warm ocean water, and iguanas inhabiting rocky ledges were a perfect, calming way to end a two-week long trip to Oaxaca, Mexico.
Our car rental in Oaxaca was mostly awesome. It enabled these adventures: being the first ones to arrive for sunrise at Monte Alban, seeing two-day old puppies during a mountain pull-over, beach hopping from Puerto Angel to the nudist beach at Zipolite, and delicious roadside snacks of coconut and Mezcal.
Tweens are some of the most amazing and frustrating creatures on the planet. Being your best self with them while traveling – and probably all the time – takes flexibility, clarity of purpose, and a lot of deep breathing. This is the first in a series of posts on successful travel with tweens. Success to me means minimizing the conflict and maximizing the fantastic. I’m going to start with one of the most painful lessons we’ve learned: technology.