In the immortal words of Samwise Gamgee, “Well, I’m back.”
On June 5th, I packed my bags and boarded a plane to Mexico City, where I was blessed to spend three wonderful weeks with the Pliego family. Blogging and e-mail interaction was enough to assure me that they would be amazing; now that I’ve actually met them in the flesh, I’m convinced that amazing is a woefully inadequate description. It’s like saying the Atlantic Ocean is wet.
To begin with, Mr. Pliego and Mrs. Pliego are quite easily the most welcoming hosts I have ever met (which is saying something). There was no awkwardness, no sense of being out-of-place – from the moment I stepped into their home, I felt like one of the family. The hospitality they demonstrated was so warm, so gracious, so sincere, it was nearly overwhelming. That’s not gushing on my part, either – I’m simply giving you the facts.
Then there’s the rest of the family, starting with Santiago, who is currently a student at New Saint Andrews College. He’s smart, he’s funny, and he’s passionate about engaging secular culture with biblical truth. A two-word description of him would be simple: he’s bloody awesome.
Next up is Annie, who is as lovely a girl as you could hope you meet. She has a knack for anything related to photography, and her love for God and family is the most evident thing about her. She also plays the guitar, sings beautifully, and has a terrific sense of humor.