A Break from La72 – Part 1

Last week, Casey and I went on a road trip. This unplanned event was one of several cultural immersion experiences we’ve had during our time here in Mexico. The primary purpose of the trip was to  help Fray Aurelio (Tío) move to his new ministry at the Parroquia San Francisco de Asís in Cancun. Friars being friars, we made sure to make more than a few pit stops along the way, stopping by some sites for quick photo ops, a few hours in the sun, and some fraternal bonding. Here are some photos from that trip.

Joining Tío, Fray Raudel, and our guide, Casey and I left Tenosique at 5:00AM last Monday, July 11. We stopped by Champotón, Campeche for breakfast. Champotón is a small picturesque town, approximately four hours away from Tenosique, which overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. We enjoyed breakfast at a little restaurant with a blue backdrop and a nice sea-side breeze.

I like this photo because it is peaceful and the lone boat reminds me of moments of solitude, which I have not had much of during my time here in Mexico.

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After a few more hours in the truck, we arrived in Cancun late in the afternoon. There, we stayed at the Parroquia San Francisco de Asís and met some of the friars of Provincia Franciscana San Felipe de Jesús. The friary was beautiful and opens up into a small but lovely courtyard. That evening, the friars took us out to dinner and showed us downtown Cancun. We spent some time at one of the public beaches, where we chatted and admired the warm, night breeze.

The following morning, we returned to that same beach. However, I was blown away by its beauty, which had the bluest waters I have seen in a very long time. The friars spent nearly the whole day there. It was a nice change of pace from the heat and routine of Tenosique and La72. The sunburn and peeling skin I got was totally worth it. This was the best part of the trip for me.

More to come…


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