In 1 week, we will have been back in Mexico for 2 months. Settling down has been easier than I had anticipated, which probably means it was definitely time. Tigger is loving it much more than me, however. While we are alike in many ways, we definitely differ when it comes to being a “creature of habit.” I get cabin fever easily and don’t do well with constant routine. He’s just fine doing the same things day in and day out.
A routine can have its benefits, but I need more variety to keep me going.
I do enjoy some routine things, such as knowing which shop has what and where to find it. The other day we stopped in at my favorite aguas frescas place (fresh fruit blended with water), and when the guy looked up and saw me he gave me a big smile of recognition. Across from his stand is my birria place, so they waved at us as well.
It was a fun moment, and we stopped at one of our preferred produce vendors to pick up some bananas so I could make banana bread brownies.
I love having a fully equipped kitchen again. I even bought a standing mixer! *gasp* And that sourdough starter I wrote about has been turned into a few very yummy loaves.
I’m enjoying meeting up with local and visiting friends and being able to help tourists find things when we’re out and about.
The itch to explore is showing up a bit more now. Not to the point where I’m feeling like “Get me out of here!” but where I’m interested in short day or weekend trips nearby. This also makes me miss Europe where it was so easy to get around and away.
Then again, that probably would make it harder for me to “settle down” as I’d always want to be on the move.
I’m also remembering just how liberating it felt to be able to simply just up and go. We’ll need to leave Mexico for at least a bit this spring, and I’m being reminded that now we have to actually save up for a trip since we have to pay rent on our home as well.
I knew we had moved around a lot in 2015, but when I sat down to figure out just how much I discovered I had been to 16 countries this year (some of them more than once), and the vast majority of that travel was done in the first 9 months of the year. I think that’s another reason why 2 months into being “home” I’m still not itching for major travel.
Being in the same spot day after day reminds me of one of the downsides of working from home. Now that our feet are more firmly planted, I find myself missing the social interaction that occurs in the workplace. It’s kind of a double-edged sword. I don’t like having to physically go some place to work, but at the same time I enjoy the diversity it adds to my day.
I’ll need to figure out how to make that happen in a way that works best for me. I do believe I can have the best of all worlds. It’s just a matter of discovering the how and what and putting that into action.
San Miguel (SMA) has been very good for Tigger. His anxiety issues have drastically reduced (not taking meds and not even using his lavender essential oil anymore), and the other day he told me he doesn’t like SMA, he loves it. As far as he’s concerned, we’re not leaving SMA unless we have to.
That alone makes settling down pretty worth it. I think it also means some future solo travel for me since I’m not as done with this whole travel thing as he is.
2015 was a great year, and I’m excited to see what will happen in 2016. We wish you all a very happy new year!