Movies

Treat Yourself to a Good Cry

Do you appreciate a good cry? Even if you’re not feeling melancholy? Perhaps especially if you’re not feeling melancholy? I find it to be a gratifying release at times. I can’t just sit down and do it completely unprovoked like Holly Hunter* in Broadcast News but I have compiled a repository from which to draw from whenever I have the urge to feel hot drops of unfathomable sadness roll down my cheeks. Here are a few of them:
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It’s Cool in Mérida

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¡Amigos!

A little update as I desperately try to avoid the news today. I need a mental health break. Let’s look at something happy! Here is a photo of me with my hosts in Puebla, Javier and Anita. They were so sweet to me. I almost cried when Anita hugged me goodbye on my last day.

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Javier and Anita.

Two years ago when I was in Mexico, I really only spent one full day in Mérida and I used it to go to Chichen Itza. I really didn’t get a good sense of the place. I thought it was a nice city, but not one I had to return to. So, nothing negative at all, but I still decided it was a bad first impression because somehow I didn’t realize that Mérida is awesome.

Of course, this is partially because it’s here that I was reunited with Ken, Martha, and Melody, my dear friends from Spanish school in Puebla two years ago. We would manage to have fun playing in a giant cardboard box if that’s where we were. But it also helps having people who know the city you’re visiting well and can show you the ropes.

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Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong

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Last night, I took a chance on a movie that popped up on my Netflix home page called Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (Emily Ting, 2015). The synopsis sounded Before Sunriseesque and I’m a sucker for a good “right place, wrong time” kind of romance. I’m also a sucker for films about travelers or ex-pats. In this case, the story centers on Americans in Hong Kong. I consume these tales, even the fictional ones, with a sense of admiration and jealousy. They give me inspiration to keep adding money into my travel fund.

Coincidentally, I had been thinking a lot lately about my week in Hong Kong which kicked off eight months of international travel back in the summer of 2014. While I enjoyed my time there enough while I was there, the more I look back, the more I appreciate it. It may have been my favorite big city I visited during my entire trip. For all the tall buildings, sea of people in the street, and oppressive humidity, I felt comfortable there almost immediately. The energy was somehow simultaneously busy and calm. I look forward to visiting again one day.

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