moving to, living in, and leaving Mexico
we are now about 6 months away from 10 years of living in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. We moved here from Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America.
Living in a foreign country, and I imagine this goes for any foreign country, is eye opening, and humbling. Growing up in the USofA we are aware that we are the greatest and most powerful country on earth. It’s the way we are raised.
A few come realize this isn’t necessarily the truth. Yes indeed, the USofA is a great country, but not without faults. Which becomes embarrassingly apparent when you live outside of the United States and get your news from more independent, and objective resources.
I have found Merida to be a love hate relationship – for me mostly love, but there are some things, well let’s not go there, yet!
There are so many things that make my day – such as this morning; I wake early, usually about dawn, today was even earlier. I always walk out with the dogs first thing, I enjoy my beautiful garden tremendously. It was planted for strolling and ccontemplation, and to attract birds and butterflies – and it does all these things. So this morning is the absolutely intoxicating scent of limonaria, I don’t even know how to describe it a bit of a citrus jasmine, and so lush and full. So I’m standing there breathing in this scent and checking out the birds and bird sounds; a new bird sound, I am looking looking and then see a pair of what may have been green jays, but put me more in mind of a Trogan, I see lots of green jays, but today the sight and sound was somehow different, maybe this was the first time to see and hear them in their mating displays, quien sabe? Then I feel things dropping and I think it must be seeds from the palm so I look up, NO! it’s an ant migration. Occasionally ants will sprout wings and take to the air in flocks to relocate, it is amazing, almost like a murmuration of birds, the move and drift as a unit, sometimes splitting, but then coming back together. These are the big black ants. As the ants fly they also drop, and they are dropping, on me, in the yard, in the pool, where are the Social Flycatchers and Kiskadees, they should be feasting… I inspect the flower stalks of several of the orchids in my yard, they will be blooming soon. I absolutely love my purple mexican petunias, the color is amazing. And the fuchsia of the oleander, the yellow iris’, and there are figs on my fig tree, and limones ready to pick… Then I see one of my turtles, out for a stroll, then the robins are chasing off the jays who are too close to the tree with the berries that the robins and the saltaters just love. And then the blue grey gnatcatchers go zipping by my head – yes indeed, I do love this mix of indoor outdoor living. I am going to miss it!
Yep, I am going to miss it, because we are going to return to the USofA.
Living in a foreign country is not got the faint hearted, you need a level of toughness, especially if you don’t speak the language. My spanish is ok, it gets us through most things, but it sometimes gets me, and us in to trouble because I think I understand what is going on, but then really don’t, and sometimes it gets used to blame me for misunderstandings that are not my misunderstanding at all but someone else ineptitude, or laziness.
So, we’ve decided to return to the USofA, I’d have gone anywhere, as long as Tom could speak the language. So with our limited choices, we choose the USofA.
We intend to be out of Mexico by years end.
a new day dawns, a new adventure beckons, a new garden to plant, new birds to become familiar with…
There are so many things I want to say, so many expressions of the emotions I feel about this. How to express all the things that make my days full, complete, satisfying, perplexing, vexing, … maybe for some future posts!