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A Compass to Guide You

Southeast to Northwest

May this compass guide you as you set out toward your shared horizon.
Let the north anchor you, the southern winds fill your sail,
The eastern sun warm you, and the western waters renew you.
Follow your path with hands joined and this compass always by your side.

I’ve always loved maps. When we’d move to a new city, my favorite thing to do besides cry about missing my friends was look at all of the cities where we were going. The best move in terms of map fun was to Naples, Florida, because all of the cities nearby have cool names, like Bonita Springs and Sanibel Island. I’m not good at reading maps, however. I’ve lived in the same state in Mexico for four years and I really have no idea what states are around me; not because of ignorance, but because I just don’t remember the relation of one place to another at all.

Travel has always been a part of me, and when I decided to get married I knew I had to be with someone that had the same interest in travel. We even incorporated that concept in our wedding ceremony, asking our fabulous friends at Casa HOY to be our “compass padrinos” (in Mexico they have a godparent or sponsor for many aspects of the celebration). They wrote this lovely blessing above, and we are going to carry the message and the compass with us on our journey.

On our trip we will be working from the south eastern part of the country to the north western part of the country, working our way across rivers and beaches, mountains and deserts. We are following a route similar to the one Casa HOY founders Katy and Gerardo also did, but backwards. Hopefully we won’t actually have to use the compass, since my Boy Scout lessons have long been forgotten, but it will always be a reminder to that we are on the same path, walking towards the same horizon.


Posted by UnMejorHOY 14:33 Archived in Mexico Tagged parties travel mexico de reyes international traditions community cultural volunteer casa voluntourism casa_hoy participatory rosca

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