Name: Christina Flores Villasenor
The LONGITUDE team met Christina at their hotel in Tequila. Team mate Neil Dana met her a few years ago in the Bay Area, and they became fast friends. She is a vibrant and outgoing person who really melded well with the team’s conquer-all attitude, and we are indebted to Neil for introducing us to such a great new friend.
Christina helped us through many a tight spot in Mexico, from negotiating our way out of a bogus fine in Mexico City, to translating dinner menus, to finding secure late-night accommodations in Teotihuacan. It was indeed difficult to say goodbye at the airport in Tapachula, near the Mexico/Guademala border.
In Christina, the team found a bright new perspective and a contagious enthusiasm. We also discovered the great luxury of having a Take Me With You! guest who has local knowledge! In return, Christina, had the unique experience of learning a little bit more about her country by seeing it again for the very first time…through the eyes of nine gringos.
Do you have any connection to Parkinson's Disease? Do you know anybody this affected by it?
One of my best friend's grandmother and a neighbor.
Would you be up for 9 months of travel like this?
For sure!!!! This is so much fun and it's a great team!!!What is your most memorable moment during your portion of the journey?
I would say each stop that we have; that's how I get to know everybody.What advice do you have for future travelers in the program?
Plans change!!!! Keep an open mind and just enjoy the ride!!! Try to learn from everybody, from the people that you are traveling with and from the people around the world; they will show you unknown things.What surprised you the most?
I don't know...Maybe the different things that I have been seeing in this part of the trip. I have seen my Mexico in many different ways: through different perspectives and views, and through people’s reactions.What was the best thing you ate?
Besides the pasta in Oaxaca, the "entomatadas" and the "cecina" in the little blue restaurant at the side of the road in OaxacaWhat was the most difficult part of the traveling experience?
I think it will be to say good bye!!! You all are such wonderful people. Bua!!!