After much planning and lots of anxiety over the weekend tracking the progress of the swine flu worldwide, my friend Sarah HW and I are heading to Puerto Vallarta tomorrow morning after all. There was much that went in to our decision, some of which I may get in to on here at a later point.
I freely admit I’ve had quite the addiction to the internet lately as I sought news, blogs, threads, and newspapers online for any information regarding the swine flu being in or near Puerto Vallarta. I couldn’t find anything — except on Sunday, I heard about the 18 possible cases in Jalisco (the state in which Puerto Vallarta is located), which turned out not to be the swine flu.
My overall impression of this is that yes it is serious, but in light of the numbers of people and cases involved and then the distance from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta and what I see around online, I feel fairly safe going. But then again, I’m also a bit of a risk-taker. HW shares this opinion, and is as well.
Our family and friends in the United States range from full-out panicked to “I’d go too, just be careful..”
So I decided to chronicle our experience as we travel down to Puerto Vallarta here, to kick off my new blog. This way friends and family can follow along, and those I’ve come in to contact with in recent days on the world wide web can too.
Goodnight. Tomorrow morning in Chicago, we’ll don our masks and see what we’re in for.