Posts Written OnNovember 2015

Group-at-Table-Leaky-Palapa

Many moons ago when we lived in Playa del Carmen I broke the news to a friend that I was moving to Xcalak to house sit. Her reaction was interesting. She scrunched her face up and said,”Why would you want to do that?” and then a minute later her face lit up and she yelled “You’ll get to eat at the Leaky Palapa!” I, of course, had no idea what she was talking about. She explained that she was not a fan of Xcalak or remote small towns of any kind, but that a couple of (possibly insane) Canadians had opened…

Bacalar Lagoon

From time to time the monotony of the same ocean views and sunny skies (sorry, feel free to send me angry emails), the same meals made with the same food from the same truck and the same problem of continuing to not be able to catch the same fishies over and over again means an escape is needed, even if it’s just for a few hours. We’ve probably given you the idea by now that Xcalak is in the middle of nowhere, which isn’t quite true because we are in the middle of somewhere. We might be remote, but get…

Xcalak weather is not something to be trifled with. We’re on a tiny speck of land just a few feet above sea level and are surrounded on all sides by water. When it storms the wind howls as though we spit on its mother and the rain feels like the sea is rising up to take back that little speck of land like we’re late on the rent. And the kicker? You’re never sure when it’s going to happen. The Weather Channel has no bearing here (where is their closest monitoring station anyway?) and it sometimes rains when it’s sunny…

Our Xcalak Backyard

We have shared before how we weren’t sure if returning to house sitting in Xcalak was a good idea for us. It had nothing to do with our feelings on the town (which we love) or the people here (who we love), and more to do with a concern about having ‘been there, done that.’ We started a life of travel in order to escape repetition and consistency so we’re constantly checking in on ourselves to make sure that we’re not getting too comfortable or complacent. Because of this, we certainly had a concern or two heading back to this town we…

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