|Photo Cred: Saul Escobar|
In February, my friend Marcela hosted a Baby Jesus Tamales Party, a Mexican tradition that begins with the sharing of Rosca de Reyes, or Kings bread, twelve days after Christmas. The person who finds a plastic baby Jesus in their slice of bread must host a tamales party on February 2, Dia de la Candelaria.
At the Baby Jesus Tamales Party, I met Saul, an artist from Mexico. Using my high school Spanish and his iPhone translator app, we shared enough words to have a conversation. One word stood out from the rest: adventure.
Saul had trouble understanding the meaning of this word, even in Spanish. He admitted that he had not been on an adventure in a long time, but his friend Cain had invited him on a tour of Slab City, a squatter campground inhabited by artists, vagabonds and Canadian snowbirds. I convinced him to go, and he agreed to take me with him.