Sunday, October 10, 2010

October 10, 2005





October 10, 2005.


An important date in my mind and one that I will probably always remember.  That is the day we crossed the border into Mexico and saw our new home for the first time.  The joy and excitement of seeing the things in reality that we had been looking at pictures of, for a very long 10 months or a year of research was amazing.  I will never forget that feeling of recognizing views and buildings that we had only seen in pictures before.

At that time there were not the blogs about living in Mexico that there are today.  I remember finding Billys blog and Johns blog and not too many more.  Their information helped; but a lot of it differed from our area.  I think the people thinking of heading south now are very fortunate to have all the information that is available now from the many, many well written blogs about Mexico.  It was difficult to find much information about Guaymas as it is not your average tourist destination, San Carlos yes; Guaymas not so much.  We wanted to have a more down to earth experience for our 6 month winter in Mexico.  Yes, I said 6 months.  We had only intended to be down here for the winter, we were not retired we just wanted to escape 1 cold winter which we both hated.  When the beginning of January came around we both realized that we didn't ever want to live through another winter in Canada.  We sat down and spent a lot of time crunching numbers and thinking hard about trying to stay for an extended amount of time.  After many hours of this we decided to give it a try, after all, as someone very close to me used to say, "the Lord hates a coward".
The end of March came and we headed back to Canada, we rushed around frantically and sold everything that wouldn't fit in our small car and on July 1, 2006 we re-entered Mexico for the foreseeable future.  I don't say forever as you never know what life will throw into your path in the future.
I have to say that 99.99% of the last 5 years has been great and that we have no regrets about what we did back then.  We are both happy and content, perhaps too content as we intended to see more of the country than we have so far.  It seems when we think about travelling we now just seem to be too lazy to do it.  I guess we have adopted the maƱana attitude.

So today we celebrate our 5 th anniversary of living in Mexico and Guaymas.  Hope everyone has as great a day as we will.

This is also Thanksgiving weekend in Canada so we want to wish everyone there a wonderful weekend.  We all have much to be thankful for today and everyday.

15 comments:

Gloria said...

Congratulations on your 5th anniversary. It's good to know that 99% of the time has been great. That was a big step and I supposed that's how we grow, taking that next step into the unknown. Congrats! Take care.

Gloria said...

I was going to say I wish I could be as brave as you and take a leap, but I'm too chicken of what may be and I guess I'll never know because I won't take that leap. I'm chicken.

Brenda said...

Thanks Gloria. I don't think it is being chicken, I think you are just very content where you are. I/we on the other hand were ready for a change at the time we moved. It depends on where you are in your life at the time.

Mike Nickell and Cynthia Johnson said...

Wow - 5 years ago. I'm glad you were already there cause you sure helped us find our way to Guaymas. But I can’t remember what drew you and Roy to Guaymas. I recall part of it was the heat and that would be helpful for your health. But what else?? Either way, congrats on 5 years and here’s to 5 more happy ones!

Brenda said...

Cynthia and Mike: thanks, it is too bad that your time here didn't work out as well as ours has.
Mainly it was the weather at the beginning and then we just liked the area. It just seemed like a good place for us to hang out for awhile I guess. Hard to explain.

Calypso said...

Brenda and Roy - Congrats on the 5 year anniversary. As you so thoughtfully noted we were here Blogging in 2004 - we are nearing our 6th anniversary - no regrets here either.

We have been enjoying life south of the Rio Bravo - can't imagine going back.

Brenda said...

Calypso: hard to imagine going back north, even a visit now seems strange. I feel like I am out of step with the life there and don't mind that at all.
Life is good.

Steve Cotton said...

I left a comment earlier today, but it must have slipped off into cyberspace due to my inability to consistently work with comments. I just wanted to thank you for your blog. Yours was one of the first blogs I encountered when I decided to move to Mexico. You helped me make several decisions -- including, bringing Jiggs with me. Thanks for your friendship. Keep up the good work. It will feel great when I pass my five-year mile post.

Brenda said...

Steve: Glad it helped a bit in your move and thank you for reading.
The other day someone in a store asked me how long we had lived here, when I told him he nodded and smiled and said, "ah, you are Guaymense now", well he said it in Spanish; but that is what it translated to. Made me feel good.
It feels like home.
I am sure the time will fly by for you also.

breez said...

Congratulations on your 5 years. Wow, that's cool. I am planning a visit next spring. I was originally attracted to San Carlos because there is such a cool marina there. Then when I figured out it was full of gated "gringomunities" it lot its appeal. Guaymus and Santa rosalia sound much more real.

Brenda said...

Thanks Breez.
Maybe we will meet up if you get here.
You can take the ferry from Guaymas across the Sea of Cortez to get to Santa Rosalia. We haven't ever taken this ferry. We needed to go further south on the Baja so took the ferry from Topolobampo (Los Mochis).

breez said...

I thought of you guys a few days ago when a character on a tv show used the words "Moose Neck" as a sarcastic metaphor for a town in the middle of nowhere. Obviously a spoof of Moose Jaw.
When I lived in Vancouver we always talked about the metaphorical town of Split Lip Saskatchewan.

Brenda said...

Too funny Breez. When I was younger no one ever wanted a 2 dollar bill because if you had one you were always teased about being headed to Moose Jaw where it is said the $2.00 ladies of the evening resided lol. Hadn't thought about that for years. Never heard mention of Split Lip, sask. lol; but I am sure lots of towns would qualify.

Dasril Iteza said...

i think someday i'll get there....

Brenda said...

Dasril: I hope so.