Happy New Year, Time to Head for Mexico!

Jan 1, 2008

We're leaving today to begin our journey to Mexico. It turns out that I think we will have that apartment with the green pool. The owner got in touch with us and we're in the process of figuring out how we'll do that. The best part is that she's leaving the internet and phone on and in her name, so we just go pay her bill. That means we'll have internet as soon as we get there.

We had a leaving party on the 29th that was wonderful! We had about 30 good friends show up to wish us off. Man, I'm going to miss Hoboken. I have so many great friends that really make it a pleasure to live up here.

One thing I won't miss is the weather. This morning we woke up to 34 degrees and rainy. It's just New Jersey's way of reminding us why we want to move to Mexico...

Bye New York:

Bye New Jersey:

Last night we emptied out the house, it's so bizarre. The place looks lovely. We got the hardwoods redone and the carpets steam cleaned and it's ready to go for our tenant. We threw away so much stuff, it's not even funny, but now all our worldly possessions fit in a 10'x10' storage unit and our Toyota 4Runner. We can even still see out the rear view mirror.

Our Stuff:

Our Ride:

So our plan this morning is to head to Tom's River, NJ to see our friends' newborn baby and then we're heading south west. We're going to see how far we get today. The real goal is to get to Austin, TX by Thursday. We're going to hang out there for a day with our friend Jeff and then it's off to Mexico.

We're planning on crossing the border at McAllen, Texas. We've been told that if you cross at Nuevo Laredo there's more of a likelihood that they'll want to take everything out of your car and search it and you might be there for several hours. We've heard that the smaller the border town, the easier the crossing, so McAllen it is. It's about a 5 hour drive from Austin.

I'm getting out the video camera so we can document the trip, so I'll post some video here probably after we get there and I've had time to edit it.

Hooray! We're outta here- I never thought this day would come! Last night I had a sort of freak out moment where I wondered if we were totally nuts to do this (the answer is yes, but we're doing it anyway...) Wish us luck! I'll update the blog when we get to our various stopping locations


Mamacita Chilena said...

you're not nuts, you're genius. living abroad is the best thing anyone can do for themselves :)

Happy New Year to you and yours and best of luck with the travels. Drive safe!

Fned said...

What a great way to start the year: with a new beginning!!

It's so great that you're driving down there and good luck crossing the border... we did the same thing 4 days ago (driving down from San Antonio, Tx to Puebla, Mex) and we crossed over at Laredo. We got green lights all the way so no one checked us once, but then again we were in a car with mexican licence plates so it might be best to cross at McAllen for you guys!

Good luck, drive safe and avoid mexican public restrooms when you can! (i.e. "El Viaje" post on Fned's Blog LOL)