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  1. Clare
    December 21, 2015

    You are such a great parent! He is so lucky to have you as his Dad

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 22, 2015

      Thanks! I feel the same way about having him as my son.

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  2. Gina
    December 16, 2015

    Sounds like you are really happy there 🙂 Between yourself and Patti over at Meandering Family, I think the secret is out about San Miguel! Really though, it does sound like a wonderful city with so much to offer expats. You have settled in really quickly, and yes, if you don’t want to travel after just a couple of months, I think you may have just found your ‘for now’ home, (I never say ‘forever’). I hope that one day we will find a place to settle that just feels right, but for now, I’m still happy to wander, which I guess means that we’re not ready yet. Mexico is obviously a lot easier for you to stay in long term than Europe, which definitely makes things easier. We’ve had to do some creative travelling to allow us all to stay in Europe for at least five years, as Simon only has an Aussie passport. Best wishes, and seasons greetings for your first Christmas in your new home 🙂

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 16, 2015

      Yeah, forever isn’t a commonly used word in our home either.

      We only really settled down because Tigger wanted it. Although I was missing having local friends, I still had a significant dose of wanderlust in me, and I still do but I’m also really enjoying having a home base and an equipped kitchen to work with.

      Mexico’s 6-month tourist visa was definitely an attraction! Wish it was easier in Europe.

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  3. Lindsay Nieminen
    December 16, 2015

    Wow this is such a great story to read! I’m so happy you have found where you feel at “home” – while we live comfortably in Vancouver, i hope to find a home like this someday, somewhere, and let me tell you, it will be somewhere sunny that does not get as much rain as “Raincouver”

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 16, 2015

      Sunshine is sure something that’s easy to get used to!

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  4. Zab
    December 16, 2015

    That’s really fantastic Talon! I’m glad you both have found somewhere you really feel you can settle down and be part of a community where there’s stuff to do and enjoy for both of you.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 16, 2015

      Thanks! It’s a very nice feeling indeed.

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  5. Mo
    December 16, 2015

    Fantastic… So happy for you…. Hope you’ll still be there when we finally get to Mexico:)

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 16, 2015

      Me, too! 😉 Any ideas as to when that might be?

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  6. Donna Meyer
    December 15, 2015

    I’m so glad you have fallen in love with SMA. I had a feeling you would. I first fell in love with the physical beauty of the place, the color, the music, culture and traditions. But yes, it is that strong sense of community that really captured and held me. I love being part of that. Welcome home Talon and Tigger!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 16, 2015

      The beauty and vibe are definitely the first set of hooks that get into you. And it seems there’s always SOMETHING going on.

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  7. Brandon
    December 15, 2015

    So glad you’re loving it there! We’re looking forward to the day we can come back and visit you!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 16, 2015

      I’m looking forward to that, too! Hope winter is being kind to you guys.

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  8. Jaylene
    December 15, 2015

    Sounds like you’ve settled in really well. I’m just glad you’re now happy with the decision 🙂

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 16, 2015

      It definitely wasn’t easy, but I’m very glad it set in.

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  9. claus Gurumeta
    December 15, 2015

    Sounds like you’re having an amazing time in San Miguel. As I’ve said before, Iove that city, and I could very easily find myself settling there as well, at least for a little while.

    Connecting with people is a complete other level though, so I’m very happy to hear you’re both doing well and have made friendships there.

    Best of luck, and hope you enjoy the rest of the Christmas festivities in the city, I look forward to reading more of your adventures!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 16, 2015

      Thank you! It’s a great place for sure. I’m not sure I’ll be able to get Tigger out of here except for a visa run, so it may end up being a while for sure. lol

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  10. Patti
    December 14, 2015

    Bienvenido a casa!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 16, 2015

      Gracias!

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  11. Joshua
    December 14, 2015

    I’m so glad to hear you two have found a place that fits!
    I think that havibg a sense of community is the most important thing. Whether in a jungle, beach or inner city; tha sense of community can make or break how you go on day to day and feel ‘human’ and not so alone.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 16, 2015

      Absolutely agree! And community is the thing we’ve missed the most. We’ve found so many wonderful places in the world but without community it just doesn’t feel like home.

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  12. Jenni
    December 14, 2015

    Great news! I’m happy for you both. It will be really good to settle in for a while. And with the holidays, it’s a wonderful time to meet people and learn the traditions of your new home. Wishing you both all the best in the new year!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 16, 2015

      We’re very much enjoying settling in. Tigger is especially thankful that means I’m cooking and baking more. 😀

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  13. Karianne
    December 14, 2015

    What an absolutely lovely post – finding a place you call home is such a wonderful feeling. One day, I hope we find somewhere that we love as much as you love San Miguel de Allende!

    The handmade cinnamon rolls sounds absolutely delicious!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 16, 2015

      It’s quite the challenge really. There are so many wonderful places in the world it makes it more difficult to narrow down the choices significantly. Hope you find yours when you’re ready!

      Yes, the cinnamon rolls were definitely a hit. There will be many more batches made.

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  14. Linda
    December 14, 2015

    Heartwarming post, Talon. There is nothing just like feeling at home, wherever it is. It might be thousands of miles from where you began life’s journey, or it might be right back where you started – like The Alchemist. It w makes future travels all the sweeter, having somewhere to come back to. Much happiness to you both.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 16, 2015

      Well said and very true!

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  15. Kindra
    December 14, 2015

    Such a wonderful post. So happy for you!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 16, 2015

      Thanks!

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  16. Rebecca
    December 14, 2015

    It’s an amazing feeling when you connect to a place other than your home country – and actually, connect to a place MORE so than your home country. Being a European, I find that Mediterranean countries are much more able to embrace others into their community than, say, my home country of the UK. I love the UK, don’t get me wrong, but I love that in a capital city like Athens, Greece I know my neighbours and speak to people on public transport. You won’t get any of that in London.
    Yes, it’s an amazing feeling. Bravo for reaching it.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 16, 2015

      I completely get what you’re saying. It’s really hard to beat a place with friendly locals.

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  17. Autumn Morgan
    December 14, 2015

    Welcome!! I left the US to travel, and I fell in love with Mexico too! I moved to Cozumel as a single mom of 2, and now I have an amazing partner and another baby! Mexico is home. <3

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 16, 2015

      Cozumel was our first stop back in 2011, and we’ve been back a few times. So glad you enjoy it there.

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  18. Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)
    December 14, 2015

    This makes me so happy for you both! I had a feeling that just because Cancún/the Yucatán hadn’t been a perfect fit for you that there was still hope of you finding a perfect base somewhere in Mexico. I know you were definitely on the fence about coming here (your head said it made sense but your heart said otherwise), but now that you’ve made the leap, I’m so glad it’s working out so well. It’s amazing what a good community of likeminded folks can do in terms of elevating a place into a feasible base—it’s a HUGE part of why Playa has been such a good place for us. It’s nice looking at our calendar and seeing it full of lunch and dinner dates; we’ve always tended to love the places where we were able to make connections with the locals, so it shouldn’t be any surprise that this has been critical for us too in finding somewhere we want to stick around for a while.

    I’m sure we’ll make it to SMA one day (we still have to see that side of the country!), so when we do make our way there, I look forward to you taking us to the best places to eat (mmmmm… birria!). 😀

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 16, 2015

      I figured we’d eventually come back and explore other areas of Mexico. It’s such a diverse and huge country. It was definitely hard leaving Europe, though, esp during my favorite season. So I’m glad SMA was able to win my heart over, that stubborn thing.

      Community definitely makes all the difference. I’m finding myself wishing I had a larger place and kitchen so I could have more of my friends over at one time. Just means we’ll have more intimate gatherings I guess. Hope to get you guys up here some time!

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