Adios, Mexico. It was a blast!

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The cats give zero shits about our goals

We have only 7 days left in Mexico. We’re making sure we do all the things we love one more time before we go. We’re scheduling time with friends and have a prioritized list of restaurants to visit. Plus there’s work to do. We came to this country with two suitcases, two carry-ons and two cats. We’re determined to leave with no more.

We’re going to spend a month or so in the US, then by Feb we’ll be off to Spain.

But before that, it’s time to reflect on how we did against our goals for the trip/year.

Goal #1: Learn the language. Score: C-

img_0848-1I don’t know if you know this about Spanish, but you can say literally anything in that language. Some things you can even say in multiple ways. All this to say, it was a bigger job than we scoped it out to be. But clear progress has been made, another couple or three years and we’ll probably feel a little more comfortable.

This is definitely something that will carry over into next year.  In reality, it’s been so much fun to be in language class that we hope to keep doing it forever. Meeting all the weirdo expats has been the best part.

Goal #2: Immerse ourselves in the culture. Score: C-

Day of the Dead Parade
Like everyone else, my phone had to be 2 feet above my head to get this shot

I had been looking forward to day of the dead all year. This was the weekend that formula 1 came to town, and there was going to be all this great food and art and celebrations. I was like a kid! But the reality of it was that everybody seemed to show up for both events. Major crowds made both hard to enjoy.

This has been our story with going out to the big events. We’d rather just stay home, and so we have.

the word for Buzzard is "zopilote"
the word for buzzard is “zopilote”

 

But we’ve excelled in the cultural activities of eating street food and sitting by pools reading books.

Giving this a grade of C- may be a little bit harsh, but I stand by it. When the grading auditors come, I stand in integrity.

Goal #3: Reduce our consumption grade: B+

nada mas
nada mas

We’re pretty proud of how much we’ve reduced our lifestyle down to the essentials. Allison and I are constantly holding back incredible tips on stuff like “why not make our own toothpaste?” and “socks are terrible inventions, do we really need them?”.

Just give us any hint that anybody cares and these tips will totally take over this blog.

The work has totally paid off. We’re spending less than we thought we would, and we see how we could have done even better without suffering. It’s really cool.

goal 4: Figure out what is next Grade: C

Timg_0795his goal was about figuring out our lives as semi-retired or perpetual sabbatical kind of people. At some point, we were supposed to have a revelation about this. We’re still waiting. In the meantime, we’ll try not to screw anything up and continue to put hours into online volunteering.
That’s it for now. We’ll probably post again in March or so. Once we’re set up in our new place. Adios Mexico! Gracias por todo!

And come see us. Visitors are fun.

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Adios, Mexico. It was a blast!

6 thoughts on “Adios, Mexico. It was a blast!

  1. Thanks for that lovely recap of your most exciting adventure. I’m particularly interested in how you are navigating the semantics of who/what you are these days. When you figure it out, let me know. I’m supposed to be “retired” but find that I’m working hard, but more satisfied with my creative output than when I was “really working” and full of gratitude for this great opportunity to continue to participate in life. So am I a working person, retired with a project or something else? I don’t know. And it’s fun watching you two traversing similar landscape. Bottom line – enjoy!

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    1. Labels can be so tricky. Bottom line is we’re learning all we can and hoping to be helpful, too. Thanks so much for all the encouragement! Looking forward to seeing you next week! Can’t want to hear more about your latest pursuits!

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  2. Is Spain next?! Or are you all headed back to the states? We have a 5 hour layover in the Mexico City Airport on February 10th and were fantasizing about you all meeting us for tacos, but we’ll miss each other : ( Happy Trails, please keep us all posted! Hugs, Annie

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    1. Sorry we’ll miss you, Annie. We’ll be in the states for about a month and a half (Dec-Jan). They heading to Spain. Hope you guys have a fabulous time in Zipolite. We’ll miss you! <3<3<3

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  3. David Rugge says:

    I’m curious about what you did to strip your life to the essentials. I’m not really near retirement, but it’s never too early to figure out how to reduce your life to what is essential.

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    1. We started in earnest when we sold our place in SF and decided that we were going to try to be nomadic for a while. We sorted our things into a pile that we needed right now and everything else became suspect. We have kept a 10×10 storage locker full of stuff we didn’t want to get rid of because it was expensive, sentimental, or we just really really liked it. I’ve still got a coffee grinder that was in the last category. But in January, we plan on ditching most of that storage locker. We’ll see if we can do it. Might be super painful.

      But I think there definitely a forced minimization that comes with travel. All of the people we’ve met who are travelling semi-permanently like us (and there have been more than a few) are all living with almost no possessions.

      Allison has been studying this for the last year. She recommends theminimialists.com and mrmoneymoustache.com as great places to start your journey. A good thing to keep in mind is that it’s not just stuff that you are minimizing, it’s mental and spiritual clutter as well. Here’s a great exercise if you want to dive in for reals: http://www.theminimalists.com/packing/

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