So why Puerto Escondido. Why have we chosen to come here and live here for a month. In the past when we have spent weeks in Mexico, we have traveled around a lot. One trip has us in Querétaro, Guadalajara, Tequila, Sayulita and Puerto Vallarta. Our last big one took us from Mexico City to San Cristobal and Palenque to Villahermosa. We get around.
I have always wanted to stay put in one spot but the urge to discover new places was always stronger. This was our time to really lock down. To get our feet in the ground. To create a temporary home for ourselves with new routines and ways of moving through life. To live how we are not able to in Toronto.
Puerto Escondido was the natural choice. I first came here exactly nine years ago. Exact to the month. My sister had lived in Mexico City for a couple of years by then and my Mom had not yet been to Mexico. The City can be an overwhelming place so I had booked a resort vacation for her and I and I had chosen Puerto Escondido. I didn’t want to go to Cancun or Riviera Maya or any of the typical vacation spots. I had wanted to take her on an easy vacation but one that would still be authentic even to give her a sense of what Mexico was truly like. I fell in love with the city and knew that I would be back.
Josh and I returned a few years ago and we stayed at the same hotel that I had been to in 2009. I was pleased to find that much was still the same in Puerto Escondido. That what I remembered was true. We loved that trip. Exploring new places and getting to know the neighbourhoods.
And so we are back. This time on the opposite side of town at La Punta. We have our own sweet little apartment where we can cook food and drink mezcal. Where we can write while listening to the birds call. Where we can fall asleep to the lull of the ocean and wake up at 3am to the call of the rooster. Today is day two but it already feels like home. We went to the market yesterday to get our food and spent the afternoon floating in the ocean and ducking waves. Today we ran on the beach before the sun was too high. Today we write. We drink coffee. We soak it all in. Here we have space to breathe. To create. To set intentions for the coming year(s).