Well that didn’t take long. A few weeks ago I was writing about how with our limited Spanish and disturbing trend of trying to befriend inanimate objects means we were both suffering from a state of peoplesickness. I’m so happy to share that we have found a cure! Drumroll please. Turns out the cure for peoplesickness is….people. Okay, okay so I’m no Marie Curie over here, but with my not so stellar science scores when I was in school this is about as good as it gets. So once we figured out the cure for peoplesickness we had to figure out the logistics on how to make it happen, how to get people to come here and see us and where could they stay.

I don’t know how we’ve gotten so incredibly lucky with the people that we have house sat for. I mean I have heard horror stories from other house sitters, but us? Well we’ve experienced nothing but friendly, fun and oh so generous people. We’ve been provided with delicious meals, the use of cars, canoes and kayaks, housekeepers, groundskeepers and stays at THEIR OWN vacation homes. And most generously, several have allowed us to open up their homes to our friends and family for a visit. When we lived in Playa del Carmen and had our own apartment, we had a steady stream of visitors. For the first year we were there I don’t think more than a month went by without guests. Once we decided to give up our home and become permanent house sitters we thought we had eliminated any way to accept visitors, except for a stay at a nearby hotel. Enter the amazing home owners that we’ve gotten to sit for. And it’s not just one sit, multiple home owners have given us this permission. The generosity we experience continues to leave me speechless.

So the great thing is that we get to show off all these wonderful homes we are staying in, pets we are getting to take care of and places that many people have never even heard of, in person to some of our favorite people. Enter the cure for peoplesickness – people. First up was a quick stop at our place by a friend of ours that we met house sitting in Xcalak more than a year ago.  While she was here we talked (and talked and talked) and laughed and showed her the sights of Baca. We also put her to work. No one gets a free ride around here.

Haircut in Baca
We like to make friends with people who can do stuff, like cut hair. Then we make them come visit and put them to work.

That visit was quickly followed by a visit from my mom and dad. My love of travel comes from my parents. From a very young age they were exposing me and my siblings to new cultures, communities and countries. Sometimes it was a car trip, sometimes by plane, but always somewhere new and exciting. I don’t think they realized at the time that it would ultimately lead me to seek out this kind of unconventional lifestyle I’m leading, but they are still traveling as much as possible and incredibly supportive so I was excited to invite them to experience my life for a bit and share this unique part of the world with them. We showed them around our hometown of Baca and also spent some time in Merida. On Sundays the city center is full of vendors selling clothes and food, and lots of people hanging out, enjoying some street food while listening to singers and watching some dancing.

Merida Cathedral
Built in the 16th Century, this is one of the oldest churches in North America. They sure don’t make them like they used to.

 

Merida City Center
Churro stand to the right? We’re on it.

 

Traditional Yucatan Dancers
Sometimes I have trouble getting the beer from the glass to my mouth. These people dance with beers on their heads and don’t spill a drop. I suppose the only answer for me is more practice.

 

Art in Merida
Art? Or just a poor parking job? You be the judge.

 

Jason and a Horse in Merida
We have real life people to talk to, but Jason has a hard time giving up old habits.

Beyond Merida there is a crazy amount of stuff to see and do in this area. For example? We stumbled upon a chocolate museum. Yes, a museum dedicated to the making of chocolate. For my mother, a lover of all things chocolate (she’s been know to look at the dessert section of a menu before anything else) a stop was in order.

Museo de Chocolat
Ready to learn about all things chocolate. There better be some tasting involved.

 

We witnessed a Cha-Chaac ceremony asking for rain for the cocoa plants. By the way, it must have worked because the next day we got dumped on!
We witnessed a Cha-Chaac ceremony asking for rain for the cacoa plants. By the way, it must have worked because the next day we got dumped on!

 

Chocolate Museum
Learning how to make a local favorite chocolate drink.

 

Chocolate tasting at Museo del Chocolate
There IS tasting here! So how was it? Ummm…bitter is the most polite way I can describe it. I think Jason would have preferred a Snickers.

We also had to show them the ruins, tiny towns and beaches around here that we love so much.

 

Ruins of Uxmal
Magnificent Mayan ruins? Check.

 

Lunch on the beach.
Cervezas and lunch on the beach? Done and done.

 

Telchac Puerto
Hmmm…I wonder where I got my love of walking on the beach from?

Every time we settle into a new place here in Mexico we get excited about our new “home” and can’t wait to get out and start exploring our new city. It’s so much fun to get to re-experience that enthusiasm through the eyes of visitors and we also feel such a sense of pride to show off these amazing homes we are taking care of, the neighbors we have befriended and the communities that have embraced us.

Peoplesickness cured
I feel like that smile speaks volumes about how happy I was to have visitors. Consider my peoplesickness cured.