the journey

My personal ups and downs about moving to and living in Mexico as an expat.

  • summer is no longer my favorite time of year

    summer is no longer my favorite time of year

    There was a time when summer was my favorite part of the year. It represented long weekends, camping, blossoms, green grass and of course, hot weather. Living in Mexico’s Caribbean has changed that. My once beloved summer months are now…

  • I miss tall buildings and theme parks, or something like that

    Today I miss adventure park rides. That’s right. You read correctly. Adventure park rides, as in those screaming, nonsensical Disney-style theme park rides meant to entertain your pants off. It’s been (oh gosh) years since I’ve been to one. My…

  • camping in riviera maya at mundo chalio xpu-ha

    I love camping. As a Canadian, I grew up with it and found it to be one of the things I missed most about moving to Mexico. One good thing about living on the Atlantic-Caribbean Sea side of the country,…

  • not sure what i’m hoping for

    After two weeks of almost obsessive deliberation, I have finally emailed the landowners about the possibility of living out of town on their beachfront property. The truth is, as nice as it is to get away, it’s always just as…

  • it’s all part of the journey

    It has been such a long time since I’ve written. Mainly because so much has happened. While writing is generally my release, this time, it was not. To be honest, nothing was. But I am here to share with you…

  • the october storms that changed everything

    It has been such a long time since I’ve written anything. At least for here. Things were going well until the seasonal storms began arriving one after the other this past October. In all my years here — which are…

  • the reality of head-on culture clashes

    I arrived here as prepared as I could, having physically selected all the right things and having mentally prepared for all the things that would inevitably go wrong. While I didn’t do a bad job in my preparations, I also…

  • until then

    I had the most vivid dream about you. Like many dreams, it made next-to-no sense, but it felt incredibly real all the same. It’s been more than 20 years since we dated. Over the past 10, since leaving our mutual…

  • another forgotten birthday

    I hate to say it, but it was your birthday today and I forgot. It was also the anniversary of his dying. It sucks that he died on your birthday. I always wondered about that…a way for him to get…

  • time in the life of an expat

    I am a writer and I am far from home. It’s a long story. I’ve been living in a country that is not my own for nearly four years. How I got here is a story unto itself. The important…

  • things that make me happy

    As a writer by trade, I am also a dog mum, chocolate lover, book enthusiast and collector of meaningful quotes such as A room without books is like a body without a soul (Marcus Tullius Cicero). It is one of…