Thursday, June 25, 2009

A Lofty Goal

We leave for Mexico City tonight -- via bus -- and should arrive at 8am Friday morning. Yeah, I know, you're all jealous of my travel arrangements. It's roughly $45 per person (each way) and since we aren't exactly raking in the dough, this is the way we roll.

As long time readers know, our car has been threatening to die for about a year and a half, so that's another benefit to the bus. Mexico City (or Mexico as they call it here -- the same way we call New York City New York) is roughly six hours away and I've heard it takes eight hours by bus. I'm being optimistic that I won't get carsick while reading in a bus and have decided this is the PERFECT time for a second attempt at the one book that has taunted me since early 1998:

Anna Karenina.

I made it a quarter of the way through that first year out of college and have always promised myself that I would finish it someday. I have my mom's copy, which has MUCH bigger type and is generally more pleasing to the eye, but that also means it's fricking huge. His family already thinks I'm a bookworm so I guess I don't need to worry about changing their opinion.

And if it turns out I get carsick, I'll use the book as a footrest.

Because it's so last minute we probably won't get to see the ruins, but hopefully we'll still be able to see a lot of the city. Especially a shoe store -- my sneakers are falling apart! (And if there happens to be other shoes in said store, I might have a little looksie.)

13 comments:

Amy Sue Nathan said...

Have a wonderful time. I hope you can read your way to 'Mexico' but if not, you can start writing your next novel in your head!

EriCan said...

Have a good time! I really hope the ride is a smooth one for you. There's nothing worse than traveling and feeling crappy.

Yes! Buy some cool shoes ;)I hope you get to read Anna Karenina too.

Have fun :)

Melanie Avila said...

Amy, now that you say that, what I'd really like to read is the draft of my other wip. I'm excited to get back to it but I'll need to reread to get my head out of Mexico.

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Erica! I'd also like some brown sandals with a little heels, but we'll see...

Turkeylurkey said...

Have a safe trip. We keep getting news of all the stuff happening down there.

Melanie Avila said...

Stuff? What stuff? ;)

LurkerMonkey said...

Your Anna Karenina is my Bleak House

Have a good trip ...

WendyCinNYC said...

Have a fantastic time! We will miss you.

Melanie Avila said...

Lurker, I really hope I actually read it this time. We're leaving at 7pm now so I will be awake for awhile.

Melanie Avila said...

Bye Wendy!!

Robin said...

Have an awesome time, Melanie!! I hope the Shoe Fairy watches over you.

Nadine said...

Have a fantastic time!! Take lots of pictures!

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks ladies! I bought tennis shoes AND cute little shoes on my first day. But, the bus was too bumpy for reading.