It happen to the best of us!
Two weeks from today, I am heading to Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico. This is a big trip because we haven’t seen my mother-in-law since May 2019 when my son was only 6 weeks old! The pandemic kept our family apart for way too long. Now we are vaxxed, boosted, and taking all of the extra travel precautions. We are ready to go!
I have to admit, I am a bit nervous for this trip. Even though I have been living with celiac disease for 40 years and have been traveling gluten-free my entire life, I still get pre-travel jitters. Some reasons this trip makes me slightly anxious…
➡️ There aren’t a lot of gluten-free options in this city. There are zero entries on the FindMeGlutenFree app or any of the other apps I use when traveling. (affiliate link) I have tried to do some research but have come up with nothing. Luckily my husband is my personal translator so he will do all of the question asking and label reading for me.
➡️ The last time I was in Querétaro, I wound up in the hospital. This was NOT gluten related but due to a water-borne illness I picked up in Mexico City. I was sicker than I ever remember being in my life. I got so dehydrated, I started hallucinating and fainted the first and only time in my entire life. (Great first impression for my future MIL) My then-boyfriend, now-husband took me to the hospital where I spent an entire day hooked up to an IV. Needless to say, it was a really rough trip and most of our sightseeing was cancelled.
➡️ It’s the holidays and we are visiting friends and family which means not a lot of control of food preparation. I will help my mother-in-law do grocery shopping and food prep at her house, but seeing friends is where things could get complicated with food.
➡️ Believe it or not, I have never traveled for Christmas! I am packing LOTS of food or the plane just in case we have any travel delays. And we all know you can’t rely on airport or airplane food.
That said, I am very excited to see family and finally explore Querétaro. It is a beautiful city full of history and it’s the holidays. The days are warm and it will be wonderful to explore with my son and husband.
If you have any gluten-free recommendations for Querétaro or products to look for in Mexico, I am open to all suggestions. Thanks in advance!
NOTE: I am not posting this to discourage you from traveling with celiac disease. In fact, I am doing quite the opposite. I want to ENCOUARGE you to travel. I just wanted you to know that even those of us who have been doing this for a VERY long time get nervous sometimes too. You are not alone.
A few pictures from Querétaro including one of the only pictures of me upright the entire trip!