The Final Walk…Adios Mexico!

The Final Walk…Adios Mexico!

By |2016-07-21T23:57:56-04:00May 12th, 2010|Mexico, Personal Stuff|50 Comments

This morning, and for the last time in the foreseeable future, I walked along the white sand beach in front of my apartment. And as I walked along that beach, I took unusually small footsteps, making sure that I would never forget how that cool coral sand felt on my bare feet.

Every few minutes I would enter the warm water, just up to my knees, and just stand there glancing around in every direction. To my right was an endless stretch of one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen and to my left was an even longer stretch of the same. Behind me sat a massive plot of low, dry jungle and in front of me, the indescribable shades of blue that make the Caribbean Sea so alluring.

The morning was clear, with not a cloud to be found. And as a result, the buildings on the island of Cozumel, which lay five miles off the coast, seemed as if they were only a hundred yards in front of me. In every direction I looked, all I could find was perfection.

As I walked, as I stood in the water, as I glanced around at the slice of Earth where I have recently spent so much time, I could not help but find myself overcome with emotion. I didn’t know what to do, what to think or how to react. All I did know was that I was experiencing everything for the last time (at least for now) and that was a difficult reality to face.

Sure, I was sad. I was sad that I would no longer be living close to this beach, but even more so, I was sad that I would no longer be living in Mexico.

At times, I found myself wishing that this walk along the beach would never have to end. But every now and then, and more and more often as the walk went on, I began to feel an intense happiness that I didn’t expect to feel. And it arrived every time I began thinking about all of the new, currently unknown adventures that now await me in other regions of the world. I don’t know what those adventures will consist of, but that’s not important. The root of my sudden bursts of happiness lay in the simple fact that there will certainly be more adventures to come.

When the time arrived this morning for me to take one final glance at the Caribbean Sea, I simply took a deep breath and turned around. And then, during the short walk back to my apartment, all I kept thinking was, “how fortunate am I to have finished another dream-like chapter of my life.”


Tomorrow morning I will be leaving Mexico. But trust me, this was definitely not the original plan. What happened is that on Monday morning, I learned that I would need to be in Florida by next Tuesday in order to take care of a certain medical situation. Unfortunately, I don’t know how long it will take to resolve this situation and so I decided that this would be a reasonable time to end my stay in Mexico.

Naturally, I began searching for flights. I wanted to fly out on this coming Sunday, so that I could have a full week to prepare for my departure from Mexico. However, those flights were quite expensive. And then, just as I was about to re-think my plan, I noticed something unreal, a $10 fare from Cancun to Fort Lauderdale on Jet Blue Airlines. Ok, with taxes it turned out to be $50, but even so, I certainly couldn’t pass up that deal. The only catch was that I had to leave on Wednesday, but without much thought, I went ahead and booked the ticket anyway.

It took a few minutes for me to suddenly realize that I had just left myself with only two short days to pack up my life, to say goodbye to everything and everyone that has meant a great deal to me here in Mexico and to, just like that, move on, both physically and mentally, to the next stage of my adventure.

And that’s exactly what I’ve been trying to do. Not only did I walk along the beach this morning, but I also ran around town trying to grab one final meal at my favorite eateries, play one final game of basketball with my basketball buddies, sit in my favorite parks one more time and just have one last conversation with those who have so warmly welcomed me into their country, town and neighborhood. I basically wanted to do everything I’ve been doing every single week, but with the awareness that on this occasion, it was for the last time.


At 11:50am manana, as my flight takes off, one chapter of my life shall end. Only an hour and a half later, as that same flight lands in the US, a new chapter shall immediately begin. And even though the outline of this upcoming chapter is still quite vague and consisting of only tentative plans, I have a strong hunch that in the end, it’s going to be one of the most rewarding chapters of the adventure thus far.

As soon as my medical situation is all sorted out, I’ll be heading up to New York City and Boston to visit some family and friends who I haven’t seen in well over a year. Then, after I complete the rounds up there, I hope to take off once again, to a new set of unexplored countries.

I do know that I’d love to head East, with such regions as the Middle East, East Africa and Central Asia being whispered as possible destinations on my open-to-every-idea itinerary. All three are regions of the world that I have wanted to explore for some time and the near future seems like an ideal time to explore them.

But I’ll be writing plenty about that over the next couple of weeks. Right now, I have one more night in Mexico to enjoy…

Gracias por todo Mexico!

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  1. Liz May 20, 2010 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Goodbye to Mexico… awww… so sad… I bet you will miss the colors of the sea. Good luck with the new adventures!

    • Earl May 20, 2010 at 9:20 am - Reply

      Thanks Liz! And yes, seeing the amazing blue of the Caribbean Sea every day is something I am already missing. Just one glimpse of that water put an instant smile on my face. For now I can only look at the photos I guess…hopefully it won’t be too long before I make it down there again!

  2. Nate May 17, 2010 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Hey Earl –

    I hope all is well with you! Well, I think it’s great that you accepted the impermanence that is our life. It doesn’t mean that we can’t experience our emotions or feel a tinge of sadness as you did…it just means that all things pass sooner or later as did your stay in Mexico. I’m sure you’ll find just as much joy as you found in Mexico in your future travels…..and I can’t wait to hear about them!


    • Earl May 17, 2010 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      Hey there Nate – Everything that arises will one day pass away…those are words I repeat to myself often and they definitely came in handy in this situation as well. It may not be easy to accept, but it’s reality and the sooner we do accept it, the more positive will be the future stages of our lives. And that’s why I am excited for whatever comes next…and that excitement can be enjoyed by anyone, no matter what their life situation.

      Thanks as always for sharing your thoughts! I hope all is well up there in Chi-town…

  3. Sam May 17, 2010 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Give me a shout if your in the NY-NJ area…Let’s grab a drink or 2!

    • Earl May 17, 2010 at 9:23 am - Reply

      Hey Sam – I shall look forward to those drinks! I’ll definitely be in the NY area, probably in about two weeks from now, so I’ll give you a call as soon as I have some definite dates. Say hello to Gina!

  4. Financial Samurai May 16, 2010 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the info Earl! So, $1,000/month for a budget would certainly be quite good in Mexico then yeah?!
    .-= Financial Samurai´s last blog ..Hire A Financial Adviser or Lose Money All By Yourself For Free? =-.

    • Earl May 16, 2010 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      Absolutely! With $1,000 you really won’t have to watch your spending too much. It might actually be difficult to spend that amount per month in most parts of the country!

      • Financial Samurai May 16, 2010 at 8:21 pm - Reply

        NICE! Good to hear Earl! So then $1,500/month might even be good enough for a couple too then. This is amazing, b/c based on my savings now, I have about $2,100 in interest income I can live off of a month forever. My goal is to build it to $10,000/month over the next 8-10 years and then quit… but we shall see!

        A great post would be your Top 10 places you can “live like a king” for $1,000 a month!
        .-= Financial Samurai´s last blog ..Searching For Love And A Little More Money =-.

        • Earl May 17, 2010 at 7:33 am - Reply

          Hey Sam – That would be more than enough for a couple, especially considering that the apartment rent won’t change with an extra person. So you should be all set with the interest you’re already earning!

          And thanks for the post idea, I shall add it to the list!

          • Financial Samurai May 17, 2010 at 8:06 am

            Cool, sounds good! If there are 4-9 other places of joy, that would be a good buffer just in case Mexico isn’t our cup of tea.

            I don’t know if I’ll get to my target interest income goal in 8-10 years, but I sure as hell will try!

            You might want to consider more blog ad revenue, since you have a blog anyway. It’s going to be part of the 2nd Yakezie Challenge. I firmly believe if you can get your Alexa ranking below 100,000, you can make $1,000/month from your site. Why not right?

            Because I continue to be attracted to traveling bloggers like yourself, maybe it’ll be a great idea to have a Traveling Blogger vertical on my upcoming yakezie dot com site this August, and you can be an occasional contributor, or a vertical captain! The site will do well, with the support of the 80 Yakezie blogger members behind it.

            Cheers, Sam
            .-= Financial Samurai´s last blog ..An Extra Seven Hours A Week =-.

  5. Financial Samurai May 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Howdy Earl, looks like you had a great time in Mexico.

    Can you share with us how much in USD one would need per month to live comfortably (at least have their own 1 bedroom apartment)? I’m trying to set some goals for myself in terms of income to be able to live abroad and not worry.

    How are the e-book sales coming along? Are you able to capture any income from this site?


    .-= Financial Samurai´s last blog ..Pretend You Have Arrived So You Can Become =-.

    • Earl May 16, 2010 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      Hey Sam – I’d love to share some more information about living in Mexico! Based upon living in four different places over the past seven months, $400 USD is sufficient for what might be classified as a very nice 1 bedroom apartment. Of course, depending on where you are in the country, prices could be higher or lower, but even in Playa del Carmen (where I just was), my brand-new one bedroom place with ocean view and 30 second walk from the beach was only $450. But truthfully, I turned down several places that were perfectly good for around $300 per month as well…

      Also, food is super-cheap, local transportation costs almost nothing, free internet is everywhere, the lifestyle is healthy and relaxed and you’ll be warmly welcomed by the locals. If you have any particular destinations in mind, feel free to let me know and I’ll try to offer as much information as I possibly can.

      With my main e-book, which is not offered through this site, the sales are still going well. I know they could be stronger but it’s not easy working on it every day and sometimes I don’t have the energy! If you know anyone that can help me improve my adwords campaign, please send them my way! And I’m not really aiming to earn any income from this site at the moment. I just want to keep on building this wonderful community and interacting with as many people as possible. That to me is more rewarding than any income I could earn!

  6. Shannon OD May 14, 2010 at 12:28 am - Reply

    Must be so hard to have to say goodbye to your friends and the two so rapidly 🙁 Best of luck though, safe travels, and we still have to meet up somewhere in the world for some diving! 🙂

    • Earl May 14, 2010 at 9:00 am - Reply

      Hey Shannon – I have no doubt we’ll meet up for some diving at some point! Perhaps we’ll meet up back in the US first once you drag yourself away from Honduras!

  7. Fabian | The Friendly Anarchist May 13, 2010 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Sometimes, decisions have to be taken on short notice. I can well imagine how surreal it must feel to suddenly be in the US again… similar as my surprise trip to Europe earlier this year. All the best for the adventures to come!
    .-= Fabian | The Friendly Anarchist´s last blog ..How to Live Life at Your Own Pace (Part 3): Work and Study =-.

    • Earl May 13, 2010 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      Thanks Fabian! You know, it’s beyond surreal being back here, especially without knowing my next destination quite yet. And I want to know how you managed to land a surprise trip to Europe?? That sounds infinitely better than my sudden trip to Florida!

  8. Jonny | May 13, 2010 at 9:40 am - Reply

    All the best in the next chapter mate.
    .-= Jonny |´s last blog ..Surviving In India: From Cockroach Bedfellows To Optional Traffic Lanes =-.

    • Earl May 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jonny, much appreciated!

  9. Osborne May 13, 2010 at 6:07 am - Reply

    HAHA Awesome. I too am moving; I just found out yesterday. I’m moving to Canada (I leaving next weekend) for a time for a job I found. I love that feeling as you are taking that drive for the final time to the airport it’s when everything truly sets in and them BAM you’re gone.


    • Earl May 13, 2010 at 8:32 am - Reply

      Hey Osborne – Well, I guess you know exactly what I’m talking about then. One minute you’re living in one place and two seconds later, you’re somewhere else. And that’s true about the drive to the airport. Yesterday, on my way to the airport, I kept looking out the window and saying ‘that’s the last time I’ll see that school’ or ‘that’s the last time I’ll see that traffic light’…I was ‘saying goodbye’ to the most random things!

      • Osborne May 13, 2010 at 2:12 pm - Reply

        Sadly when I move up there I will be unable to read your blog since I will be in the middle of no where with out cell service or internet for 4 months. I got a job as the Medic at a Wilderness Camp.

        • Earl May 13, 2010 at 2:26 pm - Reply

          Hey Osborne – That’s a shame, I’m always looking forward to your comments! But I’ll guess that being away from the internet for a few months is probably something we should all do every now and then. That position sounds like quite an adventure in itself and definitely not one to turn down. Enjoy yourself, make the most out of your experience up there and this blog will still be here when you return to civilization…if you manage to make it back!

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  11. Annie Leroux May 12, 2010 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    You captured your last day(s) in Mexico so well. I hope everything is okay with the medical situation.

    and I absolutely love that you are able to go to New York and Boston and then a new “set of unexplored countries”. Can’t wait to hear the “what next?”

    • Earl May 13, 2010 at 8:21 am - Reply

      Hey Annie – I also hope that everything will be ok with the medical situation, just need a few more appointments to find out. And it’s funny, I can’t wait to figure out ‘what’s next’ myself. I guess it’s time to start thinking about it! Thanks so much for following along!!

  12. Kyle May 12, 2010 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Ah, man, now who am I going to re-visit Mexico with? Seriously, you should consider staying…if just for me 🙂

    The good thing about leaving one place, though, is that you get to look forward to another! I know next to nothing about central asia, the middle east, or east africa, so hopefully you can enlighten us to what there is over there. Cheers and good luck!
    .-= Kyle´s last blog ..Bali Feels Magical. =-.

    • Earl May 13, 2010 at 8:29 am - Reply

      Hey Kyle – You’re just a day late! I’m already back in the US. I would’ve considered it though…I think your plea combined with the plea of the white sand beaches might have been enough to keep me there in the end…oh well…

      As for the above regions of the world, I’ll admit that I don’t know much about them either, which makes them even more appealing. Although, after reading the latest post on your site, how could I not consider Bali as well?

  13. rose May 12, 2010 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Yay for new adventures!!!

    Seems everybody wants to see you : ) . Let me know when you’ll be further north! Enjoy visiting friends & family, and get that rest I’m sure you need by now…

    • Earl May 12, 2010 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Hey Rose – Haha…well, I’m looking forward to seeing as many people as possible as well during this trip!! And as for getting some rest, once I fall asleep tonight, I may not wake up for two days!

  14. Lisis May 12, 2010 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Hmmm… Boston, huh? That’s only about 3 hours away from here! 🙂

    • Earl May 12, 2010 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      Hey Lisis – Three hours is nothing!! I definitely plan to be in touch as soon as I know when I’ll actually be up in the Boston area. I’m sure we can work something out!

  15. Jennifer Barry May 12, 2010 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful picture! You really captured how bittersweet it is to leave Mexico. I will have to go there some day. Part of me wants to drive there from Texas, but I am concerned with the security situation in many of the border crossings.

    I hope your medical issue is resolved soon! I have a not-serious but chronic thing and I know doctor visits are no fun.
    .-= Jennifer Barry´s last blog ..Home Sweet Home or Debt Trap? =-.

    • Earl May 12, 2010 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      Hey Jennifer – As if it isn’t obvious already, I definitely recommend you visit Mexico if you ever have the chance! And as far as the border is concerned, it definitely can seem quite intense, however, foreign travelers are almost never targeted for violence and there are plenty of smaller border crossings that you can use in order to avoid the most dangerous places.

      And I agree completely, doctors visits are not any fun and unfortunately, dental visits are even worse. But my issue has involved a little of both!

      • Jennifer Barry May 12, 2010 at 9:25 pm - Reply

        Yikes, dental visits are worse 🙁 Take it easy and I hope you feel better soon!

        As far as Mexico goes, I should probably ask my Spanish tutor for guidance on visiting. (He’s from Chihuahua originally and visits there often)
        .-= Jennifer Barry´s last blog ..Return to Oz, Part 4 =-.

  16. Andi May 12, 2010 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Wow, that was quite an emotional read for me, can’t imagine how you feel! But you know what, I sometimes feel like the faster the goodbye is, the easier it is. It’s like ripping a band-aid off quickly. I have no doubt that the new chapter in your life will be extraordinary. I just always remind myself when I’m leaving someplace special that I would have never experienced it, if I hadn’t had left the last special place. Plus, you can ALWAYS return!!! Fingers crossed our paths cross in the Middle East! 😉

    PS I hope everything is okay medically my friend.
    .-= Andi´s last blog ..imgp2629 =-.

    • Earl May 12, 2010 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      Hey Andi – I love the band-aid reference! And perhaps a quick exit is more preferable. That way, there’s no chance to dwell on the things that you’ll miss as suddenly, you have to concentrate on living the next stage of your life. There’s just no time in between to realize what’s happening, and that could definitely be viewed as a good thing in many of these situations.

      I’m also hoping we’ll meet up in the Middle East, so keep me updated with your plans! And in the meantime, have a safe journey to Brazil!

  17. Moon Hussain May 12, 2010 at 7:21 am - Reply


    Hopefully the medical condition is easily treatable..? Anyway, it sounds like you will return to Mexico at some point. It’s hard to say ‘bye’ to things/people/places you love but you can’t avoid the excitement you feel for your upcoming travels.

    Best of luck!

    P.S. I’m in DE for another month and maybe we can plan a visit if I’m not too overwhelmed… or an in-person interview 😉
    .-= Moon Hussain´s last blog ..Fun Friday Round-Up: Best PI/PF Posts of the Week =-.

    • Earl May 12, 2010 at 8:28 pm - Reply

      Hey Moon – Let’s definitely see if we can work something out and meet up at some point. Let me know if you’re headed down this way at all and I’ll keep you updated with my plans. Perhaps a short trip will help you avoid being overwhelmed!

  18. Maria Staal May 12, 2010 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Wow, that’s a quick decision you made. It must be a bit overwhelming to leave everything so unexpected.
    Anyway, have a good trip. I’m looking forward to reading about your new adventures!
    .-= Maria Staal´s last blog ..When You’re a Saint they Write about You =-.

    • Earl May 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      Hey Maria – It certainly was a quick decision and just like that I’m now writing from Florida. And the past two days were really some of the most insane days I’ve had in a long while. I can barely keep my eyes open at the moment, so I’m just ready to finally crash and get some sleep! Thanks so much for your comments as always and hope all is well over on your side of the world…

  19. Raam Dev May 12, 2010 at 6:15 am - Reply

    You really captured and expressed how leaving must feel to you… it was as if I was the one leaving! Which I soon will be, leaving Gokarna, a place with a beach eerily similar to the one in your opening photo (although with oceans and skies not quite as clear!) and I find myself wondering how I will handle my departure (only a few weeks away).

    I think realizing that you have so many adventures ahead, even if they’re not on a beach but at the foothills of a mountain range or surrounded by the sands of a desert, is exactly what is needed to get past the difficulty of leaving a place you love.

    I can’t wait to ask you for suggestions when I get around to exploring Mexico! 😀
    .-= Raam Dev´s last blog ..You are an Artist =-.

    • Earl May 12, 2010 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      Hey Raam – I have no doubt leaving Gokarna will be a struggle! But at the same time, maybe you’ll feel the same way as I did, where the end of that stage will inspire you to live the next stage, and the one after that, and so on, to the fullest as well. And in India, you probably won’t even have time to reflect on Gokarna once you leave as you’ll need all of your energy and awareness to deal with the new challenges and experiences that you face. Either way, before long, your adventures will probably consist of several more ‘Gokarnas’ that you discover along the way…

  20. Brian May 12, 2010 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Have a safe trip. Mexico will still be there, but each time will always be different. Enjoy your new adventures even if they are at home.
    .-= Brian´s last blog ..Win A Travel Book #2 =-.

    • Earl May 12, 2010 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks Brian! You’re right, Mexico definitely isn’t going anywhere and I know that I’ll return again at some point. So I guess it was just a goodbye for the time being.

      And well done with giving your travel books away, that’s one awesome idea!

  21. Dina May 12, 2010 at 12:38 am - Reply

    I never thought the time is so soon for you to leave Mexico. I can capture how you feel during the last days in mexico from your writing.
    How long have you been there?
    I’m excited for your upcoming journey! Just make sure to keep us posted where you are. The world is so huge, but there’s always a chance we are in the same place in the same time and we can meet up. Just yesterday I met Brooke from Brooke vs. the World blog, and tonight I will meet Travel-With-A-Mate couple.
    Safe travel!
    .-= Dina´s last blog ..Friday Photo: Kyoto Imperial Palace’s Beauty Secret =-.

    • Earl May 12, 2010 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      Hey Dina – I was in Mexico for 7 months which is a long time in one place for me. I’m already back in Florida and I can’t believe it. Crazy! And I’m sure at some point our paths will definitely cross somewhere out there and I shall look forward to meeting up with you and Ryan. Enjoy your night out with Travel-With-A-Mate!

      • Dina May 17, 2010 at 8:40 am - Reply

        Hi Earl, it was a fun night with TravelWithAMate couple and GapOfYear! How are you doing now? Suddenly every body speaks English? 😀
        .-= Dina´s last blog ..Top 3 Travel Gear Chosen by Travelers Around the World =-.

        • Earl May 17, 2010 at 9:21 am - Reply

          Hey Dina – Haha, yeah, that’s a problem! I need to keep up my Spanish, but luckily I’m in Florida at the moment and there’s plenty of Spanish spoken here.
          Excellent start to your new series by the way…there are some travel gear items on that list that I’ve never even considered!

        • Dina May 17, 2010 at 7:50 pm - Reply

          Oopppssss…. I mean “GapYearEscape”!!

          Thanks, Earl! I enjoy the list so much too, so lucky many great travelers (like you) participated. I found bunch of ideas from it too!
          .-= Dina´s last blog ..Top 3 Travel Gear Chosen by Travelers Around the World =-.

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