Awesome. And yeah, I highly recommend venturing South. It's beautiful and you get that extra tinge of being SOMEWHERE ELSE that you just don't get to fully experience till you're out of the US. Even Mexico, the more northern and US border areas, doesn't compare. Highly recommend it if you get the chance. Also, Spanish isn't really a requirement IMO. My Spanish sucks in that I mostly learned it from my guide book, but I still got through the country okay. Gesturing is an amazing form of communication.