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Dawn leaves on the 26th of August. I will follow on the 3rd of September
after finishing up some details. Our emails and cell phones will
remain the same. Our landline will no longer reach us or take messages
At the beginning of September, we will travel to San Francisco to stay in the small in-law apartment at Amber's and Patrick's, Dawn's daughter and son-in-law. We will hang out with them and their children, Lily and Cole, and also develop a life around our sitting meditation, sailing, the arts community there, culture, reading, hiking, yoga, etc.. We are taking our video equipment and will remain open to any ideas that come to us. We both have ideas for different videos based on bridges and Stephen has one about us dancing together and we will see if any of those seem interesting enough to pursue. He also has some recent clips of the food wars at our bird feeder and is editing those just to keep his hand in.
After that, we will fly to Guanajuato, Mexico and stay for two months in a house near the University Square. The town is beautiful, and we are looking forward to living there. It has been described as a Tuscan hill town in the middle of Mexico. Elevation is over 6,000 feet. We will start with language classes and expand from there. A bus to Mexico City follows for a five day stay at the Red Tree House. With such a short stay, we will only have time to be tourists, not residents, in one of the largest cities in the world.
After that, it gets fuzzy, but the plans are to head for the beach
in the Yucatan for two weeks or so. All suggestions will be
considered. The Flamingos
has gotten our attention, but we
don't know too much about the area. It is called the Flamingo
Coast (there are flamingos there), about 30 miles north of Merida.
During the last week in February we will fly back to Boston for a quick stop over at home to see friends, family, maybe do a ski trip, swap out some clothes and grab the Euro electrical adaptors before flying to Paris.
We had thought we would be able to hang out with Malek, but have found out out that he will be in Berlin for the year on a grant to do some writing. But the good side is that he has offered to rent us his apartment for the three months! It is in the Northern part of the 11th arrondisement and would be a good spot from which to explore Paris. It will be back to language school for Stephen.
Home at the end of May
Dawn and Stephen
We have been invited by our friend
Markus to meet with a Zen Buddhist teacher. In a very generous
he has put the teacher, Dawn and me together on an upcoming Monday
morning in August. I feel that I
should prepare for this meeting because while Dawn has gone to retreats
and met with teachers, I have not. So I wrote letter to the
teacher and also to
myself about what I know about Buddhism, what I have done so far and
how I hope to continue. I hope to learn what I am doing
right, what pitfalls lie ahead and perhaps what pitfalls I am in now.
I will add some of this writing to the travelogue in small bits when
I get them to make sense.