A few weeks ago I realized nearly two years had passed since I left to travel Latin America. The universe works in funny ways because shortly thereafter I got an invitation from the Mexico tourism board travel to the Yucatan for 5 days.
I know 5 days is not a lot. Previously I spent 5 weeks in Mexico and thought I barely saw anything.
But it was too appealing to turn down. When I arrived in Cancun I did not speak a lick of Spanish and had no idea that how much my life would change, or how much I would change. One of my biggest regrets about Mexico was not speaking the language because I felt like there was a barrier between me and the people.
Going back to the Yucatan feels right. In 2010 I arrived feeling excited but also very vulnerable as I literally broke up with my boyfriend outside the security gate. It was an emotional first few weeks. I’m curious to see if my impressions will change or what I’ll notice that I hadn’t before.
I have always known I would go back. In fact I emailed Wandering Earl about living in Playa del Carmen over the winter because I didn’t think I could make it through the Canadian cold.
But money called when I had an opportunity to do contract work so I put my Playa del Carmen plans on hold. Yet the universe had other plans for me and Playa is calling and I’m finally in a position in my life that I have started to listen to these little nudges.
I wanted to share my initial days in Latin America. Below are my very first blog posts about Mexico. Some are a bit boring, not because Mexico is boring but I hadn’t found my writing voice yet. But they do set the tone for my return.
Where to eat in Cancun
Have you met Juan?
Is Cancun the real Mexico?
The (Yawn) Tulum Ruins
Where to eat in Tulum
How do I get to Chichen Itza before the tourists?
A bowl of awesomeness: sopa de lima
Where did I sleep last night?
Sugar and spice and everything nice
Mexican pubs – not so much like Irish ones
Campeche at night
Have you met the Casanovas?
Must-try street food in the Yucatan
Other posts from Mexico
The night a laptop saved a meltdown
Meeting an old friend at the Palenque Mayan Ruins
Lovely but lonely Oaxaca
Have you met Whatsherface?
Mexico isn’t all lemons and limes
Where to eat in Oaxaca
I love a parade
Have you met Tupac?
That was all two years ago. I don’t know if I’m any stronger or better now but I do know I am different. I wonder if Mexico has changed.