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.