Ibis started working at the hotel a year ago, and many of the guests who come every winter have started to return. There are several people who stay for one or two months, and we got to know them last year during their stay. By the time they left to return home, they all wished us well and said while they hoped they'd see us next year, they really hoped they wouldn't.
If you recall, we thought we'd be out of here by now. When we wished farewell to those who planned to return this year, they knew our hopes to leave and wished us the best. Now that they're arriving for their two-month stay in paradise, we're met with a combination of joy and sadness. Yesterday I picked up one such guest at the airport - someone I'd hung out with a little last winter - and while she was thrilled to see me and gave me a big hug, her face immediately showed her dismay that I was there. Instead of talking about the things she was looking forward to about her stay and how excited she was to be back in Zihua, we talked about the latest in our immigration wait and the few things that have happened with our case since I last saw her.
Ibis and I are touched that the guests, so many of whom are strangers when they arrive, care so much about our well being. I feel guilty talking to them about why we want to leave when they choose to come here every year, but I think they understand. My hope is that we'll be in their position someday - looking forward to a vacation in Zihua each winter.