Nomadic Moves

Mar 1, 2013 by

www.jamesandshilo.comWe worked very consciously and diligently to create the life of our dreams – living the laptop lifestyle in a tropical destination.

No snow. No cold weather. Lots of sunshine. Sand and surf. It is a glorious dream-come-true for James and I here in Mazatlan, Mexico.

However, there are always interesting things that come up now that we have arrived in paradise – things we never could have predicted. “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans” is very true. There are always things that come up, even here on the beach!

One of these surprise experiences is the nomadic aspect to our life as a renter.

(Nomad = a member of a people or tribe that has no permanent abode but moves about from place to place, usually seasonally and often following a traditional route or circuit according to the state of the pasturage or food supply;  any wanderer.*)

Last year, we rented a lovely oceanfront townhouse right in the beach district of Mazatlan, called Cerritos. It was stunning and serene, but it was a 30 minute drive one-way to most of the events we participated in and to the people we met and hung around with. So towards the end of last season we began the search for a new rental for this season. We discovered a great little two bedroom, two bathroom, two story house in centro historico (historic downtown) for a more urban living experience. We’re now two blocks from the beach, but within walking distance of many of our friends, the live theatre that we love so much, the open air market, the water taxi to Stone Island and more. Our original thought was to remain in this centro historico house for several seaons, so we went to work upgrading a few intollerable aspects to make the space more liveable and functional and more “us”.

Then life threw us a curve ball – our friend (and realtor) offered to take us out to look at a few rental properties so we would have a better idea of our options (I miss seeing and hearing the ocean a lot!), so last Thursday we set off on an adventure, exploring previously dismissed options. We discovered that our criteria for a rental property had changed considerably since last season – in less than a year. After staying in a friend’s condo building for the month of May last year, we found oursevles open to renting in a condo building next season for the first time (it was previously a non-option).

Just being open to options and revisiting previous decisions was key for us – because everything changes!

Whether we move or not, the exploration of our options has been fun! And we’re actually not attached to the outcome, knowing that we will be happy in a new condo or right here in centro where we spent this season.

Meanwhile, we have also renewed James’ status as a year-round visitor, but the Mexican federal immigration procedures changed in November 2012 so his new immigration paperwork will take 5 weeks to process. Our plan was to leave in early April and now our departure depends on the efficency of the Mexican bureaucracy!

It will be interesting to see how things resolve themselves.

…to be continued!


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