Mexico…Here I Come, Again!

Derek Mexico, Personal Stuff 19 Comments

Tonight I’m in Florida. Tomorrow morning I’ll be in Mexico.

That’s right…Mexico, the country I left over two months ago, and the country to which I assumed I would not be returning to any time soon. But that’s how life works and given the fact that I’m still unable to depart for my adventure to the Middle East (as a result of my ongoing dental issue), I see no reason why I need to avoid being immersed in a foreign culture.

Basically, until this frustrating dental problem of mine is cleared up, I’m unable to stray too far from Florida. And that’s what makes a return to Mexico so enticing, as Playa del Carmen (the town where I’ll be headed) is closer to Florida than all 49 other states in the US. A one-hour flight, a 30-minute drive, and I’m there.

I’m also very ready for a change. Spending the past 2 months back in the US has been an extreme challenge for me as I’m just not accustomed to being here for such an extended period of time. Since I don’t have a place of my own and my family and friends are scattered all over the country, I’m forced to bounce around from region to region, sleep on sofas and floors as you know and never really get comfortable. And this ends up affecting my work, my website and my sanity in general.

When I combine that with the overly disappointing fact that most of my major goals and plans for this year have thus far been turned upside down and remained unaccomplished due to this unexpected setback, I’m just ready to be somewhere different again. Normally, whenever I decide to travel to a certain part of the world, I’m out the door within a couple weeks, so this is the first time I’ve had travel plans (aka the Middle East) pushed back month after month after month due to something beyond my control. It’s tough, much tougher than I ever imagined.

So back to Mexico I go, to spend some more time working on my projects (including some super-exciting changes to this site), practicing my Spanish and eating huaraches until I’m free to head off to places known as Syria, Lebanon and Turkey.

I’m determined to make that trip happen as soon as humanly possible and until it does begin, I must thank all of you for sticking with me during this period of uncertainty and lack of direction.

I also wanted to thank everyone who offered such excellent advice in the comments and in emails after I wrote my “The Perfect Camera for a Nomad” post!  My new camera arrived four days ago and so far, I couldn’t be happier. It wasn’t an easy decision though and it actually came down to a last-second change of mind in the end, but I’ll write more about it as soon as I test the camera out during my first week back in Mexico.

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Comments 19

  1. Maria Staal

    Hey Earl, I hope you are having a great time back in Mexico. Sorry that I have been a bit out of touch lately, but I am trying very hard to get my new book published in September and have also started a new job.
    Good luck withe the ongoing dental work!

    1. Earl

      Hey Maria! I was indeed wondering where you have been the past month or so but those are certainly valid excuses for disappearing for a while! How’s the book coming along? Are you still on target for your deadline? And I hope its been an easy transition to your new job…

      Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment, it’s great to know that you’re still out there!

    1. Earl

      Hey Andi – It certainly does keep things interesting and after all, if life always worked out the way we plan, it would get a little stale! And photos from the new camera are coming soon!

  2. Dina

    When we found a cockroach in our plate of noodle in a Chinese restaurant at downtown Sydney, with its liquid had already integrated with the rest of the noodle, left the hard brown shell crunchy-looking, I thought it was already bad. But I guess this is nothing compare to finding a piece of hard metal in your food by accidentally chewing on it!
    I’m sorry that the dental fix can’t be done faster, but I think you are doing the funnest way to spend the delay, going to a place that you love, Mexico 🙂
    Wow, was it already 2 months ago you left Mexico? Time goes so fast, I feel like it was quite recent when I read about you coming back to US.
    .-= Dina´s last blog ..New Zealand’s South Island- Our two week road trip itinerary =-.

    1. Earl

      Well, that cockroach story doesn’t sound like the most enjoyable of experiences either! And I can’t believe two months passed as well…as soon as I arrived back in Mexico it felt as if I had left only a couple of weeks ago.

      Stay away from Australian Chinese food for a while!!

  3. Shannon OD

    I wondered why you were heading back to Mexico! Hopefully you are all settled in and relaxing back into life and your Spanish at this point 🙂 And I’m eager to see what camera you went with!

    1. Earl

      Hey Shannon – It definitely has been nice to start speaking Spanish again and it didn’t take long to get re-adjusted to Mexican life at all!

      I’ll actually be spending all of Wednesday taking photos and videos to use in my upcoming camera update post, so it won’t be long before I write more about my decision…but so far I am more than pleased with my camera choice!

  4. Dave and Deb

    Have a great time in Mexico! Are you going to have your dental work done there? I hear that they do excellent work! I’m serious:)
    We know how you feel, we have been home now for over two weeks and are already itching to get on the road. We have to stay in Canada until the end of Sept as we have committed to speaking at an event, but after that we are back to exploring the world. It is tough when you don’t have your own place (which we don’t either) We are staying with friends and family and they can’t understand why we are on our computers all the time. But we too are taking this break from travel to make serious changes and to work. I am looking forward to your posts from Mexico and to seeing your photos from your shiny new camera!
    .-= Dave and Deb´s last blog ..Chateau D’If in Marseille- France- Photo Friday =-.

    1. Earl

      Hey Dave & Deb – Actually, I already did have some dental work done here in Mexico a few months ago and they did an excellent job according to a specialist I went to back in the US. I highly recommend it and truthfully, the dentist I used here seemed to use equipment that was more modern than any I’ve come across back home!

      Where are you headed at the end of September? Perhaps our paths will cross… And I’m look forward to all of the changes you have in store on your site as well!!

    1. Earl

      Hey Jennifer – Ha! Getting off the floor is definitely a bonus. I already took a wonderful nap this afternoon on an excellent mattress!!

    1. Earl

      Thanks Nate! There sure is something about returning to such a familiar place that suddenly helps my mind focus. Now that I don’t have to worry about who I need to visit, whose place I need to crash at and other issues that took up my time in the US, I’ll be able to get to work!

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    1. Earl

      Hey Fabian – Yeah, it does feel good to be back here. I’ve only been back for 12 hours so far but I’ve already felt a big boost in motivation! And thanks so much for your offer of assistance with my projects, much appreciated my friend!

  6. Mark Lawrence

    Earl, I hope your ongoing dental problem are fixed soon! Your jaunt to the middle east sounds incredible! How long do you plan on staying in that region? Rock out and have an awesome time in Mexico!

    1. Earl

      Hey Mark – You have no idea how much I hope this dental issue is resolved soon as well!

      Generally, when I travel, I only buy one-way tickets and rarely do I know how long I’ll be staying in any region of the world that I visit. My guess is that I’ll be in the Middle East for 4-5 months but I just never know…could be less, could be more. Since there’s no way of knowing what kind of opportunities may present themselves while traveling, I find it best to keep an open-ended itinerary!

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