Winter Sunshine - My Family Travels


From the start of my young and tiny life, my family and I have traveled to Jalisco, Mexico every winter break to visit family. My winters have been enjoyed in the warm sunshine of my Mexican hometown for years now. This past year however, my vacation began at a gorgeous beach called Guayabitos the day after arriving to my hometown. This all happened right around Christmas time so the thought of a sandy Christmas is eccentric.
        My entire family came together to celebrate the many years of marriage between my handicapped, angle-voiced aunt and my permanently blind, guitar-playing uncle. As an anniversary gift and a strongly desired, life long wish, my dad and his brothers planned a family trip to one of the beautiful, mountain-surrounded beaches of west Mexico. For about four days, we enjoyed the beach during the day and the parties and shows during the fresh, breezy nights.
        Because of our early arrival to the reserved hotel, we had to wait in the hot, intense environment. Sweat flowed down our heated bodies until permitted into the colorful, clean, ocean scented rooms. To feel the coolness of that a/c, which took us a while to turn on, was the greatest feeling aside from going into the ocean water. From the moment I touched the cool ocean water, chills rolled through my body but the heat of the striking sun convinced me to dive into the dark blue soothing water. As quickly as I ran in, I began to feel full of life with my newly refreshed, upbeat cadaver.
        The day of our arrival caused for celebration as my aunt sung with all her might while stepping into the ocean floor for the first time in her life. My uncle saw with his feet how the ocean is ever so powerful and gave a delightful smile that brightened everybody’s day. As they took pleasure in this historic moment the rest of the beach residents played volleyball, went waterskiing, laughed with their families, tanned under the sun, and got their hair braided or bought beach souvenirs from passing sales people. My sister and I even met a girl at the beach who is now a friend of ours named Elena. Every day held activities for us to participate in such as morning exercises, afternoon volleyball games, and dance contests.
With every night came a new and exciting show. The first night brought a contest between professional dancers in which they choreographed a dance to a popular song and the audience judged their performance. The second night rallied a comedian and the final night concluded with tropical dance presentations featuring the famous Brazilian dance. Within the final performance, my sister, Elena and I received the chance to participate alongside the professional dancers.
Not only did my family and I celebrate a special anniversary, we got the chance to meet new people and enjoy the wondrous beauties of the beach, which held so many surprises. None of my past winters had ever been filled with the ever-glazing sunshine of Mexico yet my Christmas was a bit cold after we returned to my hometown.

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