The USA is a funny old place. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, it’ll come up with a new way to leave you feeling as though you never really knew it at all. You hit the traffic of LA and think ‘oh yeah…this is what I expected’ – but an hour later you’re cruising along the coast under blue skies, flanked by the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. Then you hang a right, and suddenly you’re in a greener than green valley, drifting toward the Sierra Nevada ranges. But before you can stop and take it all in, the granite domes of Yosemite begin to appear on the horizon. “Hang on”, you think to yourself, “there are still 49 states to explore!”
Sometimes, it seemed like Canada was putting on a show just for us. I remember taking a book on the bus from Vancouver to Whistler, the very start of my journey. But I couldn’t find the time to read one single word. My face never left the window, where I watched the road tiptoe toward the snowcapped peaks of the Rockies. Leaving the coast, we entered a thin canyon, the landscape changing from tiny fishing towns and logging villages to the blooming forests of early spring. Just as my eyes began to wander toward that book in my bag, a sprinkling of snow began to fall gently onto the windscreen, eventually coating the entire canyon in a wintery garnish. The finishing touches had been laid.
Mexico was like a surreal dream. I remember getting lost wandering through the Mercado Merced in Mexico City, this immense old monastery that was turned into a market in 1860. We would take a few turns here, there, right, left – no particular direction and you just find yourself dodging in between barrels and barrels full of sweets, and limboing beneath literally hundreds of piñatas dangling from the roof. The all of a sudden you're surrounded by stacks of chillies, jalapenos, peppers and spices, or hallways of the most enticing fruit and vegetables I've ever seen. All the while, locals are yelling out for you to have a taste of their delicious offerings. Ah Mexico, I could eat you for breakfast, lunch and dinner!